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Economic impact of decreasing stocking densities in broiler rabbit production based on Belgian farm data

Ann Verspecht, L Maertens, Filiep Vanhonacker UGent, Frank Tuyttens UGent, Guido Van Huylenbroeck UGent and Wim Verbeke UGent (2011) WORLD RABBIT SCIENCE. 19(3). p.123-132
abstract
Stocking density is a prominent issue in public debates on farm animal welfare. Public perceptions and economic impact of reduced stocking density should be considered, along with effects on animal performances and welfare. In this paper, experimental data and accountancy data based on 15 Belgian farms were combined to calculate the financial impact of different stocking densities on broiler rabbit farm profitability. Using the partial budget technique, only those elements that change with stocking density were taken into account. From the experiment, feed conversion and feed intake were found to increase slightly though significantly with decreasing stocking density, although only 5% and 6% of the variation, respectively, were explained by stocking density. However, reducing stocking density implies a recalculation of all costs in a reduced number of broiler rabbits, which has a negative impact on farm profitability. Reducing stocking density from the standard situation of 15 rabbits per m(2) to 10 rabbits per m(2) reduced added value by (sic)22 per doe. In general, farm income was low and amounted to only (sic)28.10 per doe during 2006-2008 for the reference situation of 15 rabbits per m(2). Below a density of 9 rabbits/m(2), a negative farm income was calculated. Sensitivity analysis showed that rabbit meat price has a stronger influence on the added value at a given density than rabbit feed price.
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ANIMAL-WELFARE, economic analysis, GROUP-SIZE, SILAGE, SPAIN, YIELD, fattening rabbit performance, Stocking density
journal title
WORLD RABBIT SCIENCE
World Rabbit Sci.
volume
19
issue
3
pages
123 - 132
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000295194000001
JCR category
AGRICULTURE, DAIRY & ANIMAL SCIENCE
JCR impact factor
0.698 (2011)
JCR rank
28/54 (2011)
JCR quartile
3 (2011)
ISSN
1257-5011
DOI
10.4995/wrs.2011.849
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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1921457
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1921457
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2011-10-06 10:05:48
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  abstract     = {Stocking density is a prominent issue in public debates on farm animal welfare. Public perceptions and economic impact of reduced stocking density should be considered, along with effects on animal performances and welfare. In this paper, experimental data and accountancy data based on 15 Belgian farms were combined to calculate the financial impact of different stocking densities on broiler rabbit farm profitability. Using the partial budget technique, only those elements that change with stocking density were taken into account. From the experiment, feed conversion and feed intake were found to increase slightly though significantly with decreasing stocking density, although only 5\% and 6\% of the variation, respectively, were explained by stocking density. However, reducing stocking density implies a recalculation of all costs in a reduced number of broiler rabbits, which has a negative impact on farm profitability. Reducing stocking density from the standard situation of 15 rabbits per m(2) to 10 rabbits per m(2) reduced added value by (sic)22 per doe. In general, farm income was low and amounted to only (sic)28.10 per doe during 2006-2008 for the reference situation of 15 rabbits per m(2). Below a density of 9 rabbits/m(2), a negative farm income was calculated. Sensitivity analysis showed that rabbit meat price has a stronger influence on the added value at a given density than rabbit feed price.},
  author       = {Verspecht, Ann and Maertens, L and Vanhonacker, Filiep and Tuyttens, Frank and Van Huylenbroeck, Guido and Verbeke, Wim},
  issn         = {1257-5011},
  journal      = {WORLD RABBIT SCIENCE},
  keyword      = {ANIMAL-WELFARE,economic analysis,GROUP-SIZE,SILAGE,SPAIN,YIELD,fattening rabbit performance,Stocking density},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {123--132},
  title        = {Economic impact of decreasing stocking densities in broiler rabbit production based on Belgian farm data},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/wrs.2011.849},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Verspecht, Ann, L Maertens, Filiep Vanhonacker, Frank Tuyttens, Guido Van Huylenbroeck, and Wim Verbeke. 2011. “Economic Impact of Decreasing Stocking Densities in Broiler Rabbit Production Based on Belgian Farm Data.” World Rabbit Science 19 (3): 123–132.
APA
Verspecht, A., Maertens, L., Vanhonacker, F., Tuyttens, F., Van Huylenbroeck, G., & Verbeke, W. (2011). Economic impact of decreasing stocking densities in broiler rabbit production based on Belgian farm data. WORLD RABBIT SCIENCE, 19(3), 123–132.
Vancouver
1.
Verspecht A, Maertens L, Vanhonacker F, Tuyttens F, Van Huylenbroeck G, Verbeke W. Economic impact of decreasing stocking densities in broiler rabbit production based on Belgian farm data. WORLD RABBIT SCIENCE. 2011;19(3):123–32.
MLA
Verspecht, Ann, L Maertens, Filiep Vanhonacker, et al. “Economic Impact of Decreasing Stocking Densities in Broiler Rabbit Production Based on Belgian Farm Data.” WORLD RABBIT SCIENCE 19.3 (2011): 123–132. Print.