The effect of milk quota abolishment on farm intensity: Shifts and stability

Anouschka Groeneveld*, Jack Peerlings, Martha Bakker, Wim Heijman

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Abstract

We investigate whether milk quota abolition in the Netherlands is likely to lead to a shift towards more intensive farms, and whether the legislation introduced by the Dutch government to prevent this from happening is likely to be effective. To this end, a mathematical programming model is developed and applied to ten Dutch dairy farms of varying size. The mathematical programming model allows us to calculate shadow prices, which we use to evaluate the stability or likelihood of a shift in the farmer decisions in our model. Our results suggest a strong increase in intensity for the largest farm type when milk quotas are abolished, while further intensification is limited for the smaller farm types. Although most farm types increase the number of cows on the farm, for the smaller ones this can only be achieved when the costs of expanding decrease considerably. The new legislation introduced by the Dutch government to prevent strong intensification appears to be successful.

Original languageEnglish
Article number77
Pages (from-to)25-37
JournalNJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Agricultural policy
  • Dairy farming
  • Farm intensification
  • Manure
  • Milk quota abolishment
  • Netherlands
  • Shifts

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