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Impact of policy-induced structural change on milk quality: evidence from the Flemish dairy sector

Bart Van der Straeten UGent, Jeroen Buysse UGent, Guido Van Huylenbroeck UGent and Ludwig Lauwers UGent (2009) JOURNAL OF DAIRY RESEARCH. 76(2). p.234-240
abstract
This paper uses a Markov chain model to analyse the dynamics in farm size distribution among the Flemish dairy sector and the impact of quota policy regulation on such changes. The model predicts a decline in number of farms in 2014 compared with the current situation of 24% with a more liberal exchange policy and a decline of 18% with a restricted quota exchange policy. From these Markov chain model results, we analysed the impact of farm size distribution on 8 different milk quality parameters (total bacterial count, somatic cell count, coliform count, freezing point, urea-N, fat- and protein content and penalty-points). In general, larger farms produce higher quality milk than smaller farms, especially with respect to the microbiological parameters (total bacterial count, somatic cell count and coliform count). The change in farm size distribution from a liberal quota exchange policy would decrease the average total bacterial count by 18.0%, the somatic cell count by 2.1% and the coliform count by 11.0%. The aggregate performance of the other parameters are smaller with improvements in all cases of lower than 1%.
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keyword
ASSOCIATION, AGRICULTURE, FARM SIZE, MARKOV-CHAIN, SIZE DISTRIBUTION, HERD MANAGEMENT-PRACTICES, SOMATIC-CELL COUNT, farm size, milk quota, markov chain, EFFICIENCY, NITROGEN, MODELS
journal title
JOURNAL OF DAIRY RESEARCH
J. Dairy Res.
volume
76
issue
2
pages
234 - 240
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000265303700016
JCR category
AGRICULTURE, DAIRY & ANIMAL SCIENCE
JCR impact factor
1.343 (2009)
JCR rank
17/49 (2009)
JCR quartile
2 (2009)
ISSN
0022-0299
DOI
10.1017/S0022029909003938
project
Institute for the Promotion of innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT Vlaanderen)
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
626778
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-626778
date created
2009-05-13 16:44:54
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2011-04-06 14:11:04
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  abstract     = {This paper uses a Markov chain model to analyse the dynamics in farm size distribution among the Flemish dairy sector and the impact of quota policy regulation on such changes. The model predicts a decline in number of farms in 2014 compared with the current situation of 24\% with a more liberal exchange policy and a decline of 18\% with a restricted quota exchange policy. From these Markov chain model results, we  analysed the impact of farm size distribution on 8 different milk quality parameters (total bacterial count, somatic cell count, coliform count, freezing point, urea-N, fat- and protein content and penalty-points). In general, larger farms produce higher quality milk than smaller farms, especially with respect to the microbiological parameters (total bacterial count, somatic cell count and coliform count). The change in farm size distribution from a liberal quota exchange policy would decrease the average total bacterial count by 18.0\%, the somatic cell count by 2.1\% and the coliform count by 11.0\%. The aggregate performance of the other parameters are smaller with improvements in all cases of lower than 1\%.},
  author       = {Van der Straeten, Bart and Buysse, Jeroen and Van Huylenbroeck, Guido and Lauwers, Ludwig},
  issn         = {0022-0299},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF DAIRY RESEARCH},
  keyword      = {ASSOCIATION,AGRICULTURE,FARM SIZE,MARKOV-CHAIN,SIZE DISTRIBUTION,HERD MANAGEMENT-PRACTICES,SOMATIC-CELL COUNT,farm size,milk quota,markov chain,EFFICIENCY,NITROGEN,MODELS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {234--240},
  title        = {Impact of policy-induced structural change on milk quality: evidence from the Flemish dairy sector},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022029909003938},
  volume       = {76},
  year         = {2009},
}

Chicago
Van der Straeten, Bart, Jeroen Buysse, Guido Van Huylenbroeck, and Ludwig Lauwers. 2009. “Impact of Policy-induced Structural Change on Milk Quality: Evidence from the Flemish Dairy Sector.” Journal of Dairy Research 76 (2): 234–240.
APA
Van der Straeten, B., Buysse, J., Van Huylenbroeck, G., & Lauwers, L. (2009). Impact of policy-induced structural change on milk quality: evidence from the Flemish dairy sector. JOURNAL OF DAIRY RESEARCH, 76(2), 234–240.
Vancouver
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Van der Straeten B, Buysse J, Van Huylenbroeck G, Lauwers L. Impact of policy-induced structural change on milk quality: evidence from the Flemish dairy sector. JOURNAL OF DAIRY RESEARCH. 2009;76(2):234–40.
MLA
Van der Straeten, Bart, Jeroen Buysse, Guido Van Huylenbroeck, et al. “Impact of Policy-induced Structural Change on Milk Quality: Evidence from the Flemish Dairy Sector.” JOURNAL OF DAIRY RESEARCH 76.2 (2009): 234–240. Print.