Sub-optimal economic behaviour with respect to mastitis management

K. Huijps, H. Hogeveen, G. Antonides, N.I. Valeeva, T.J.G.M. Lam, A.G.J.M. Oude Lansink

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Abstract

This study analyses sub-optimal economic behaviour in decision-making of Dutch dairy farmers regarding measures to improve udder health. A low adoption rate and a low level of compliance with advice given to the dairy industry suggest the presence of inertia. Farmers who already had implemented a specific management measure were more likely to continue doing this than farmers who applied a different management regime, regardless of the availability of more effective or lower cost alternatives. Additionally, the results showed that farmers were more sensitive to penalties rather than bonuses aimed at stimulating desired behaviour
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-568
JournalEuropean Review of Agricultural Economics
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • milk quality
  • aversion
  • farmers
  • choice
  • risk

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