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

(2009) JOURNAL OF DAIRY RESEARCH. 76(2). p.234-240
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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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AGRICULTURE, ASSOCIATION, FARM SIZE, MARKOV-CHAIN, SIZE DISTRIBUTION, HERD MANAGEMENT-PRACTICES, SOMATIC-CELL COUNT, farm size, milk quota, markov chain, EFFICIENCY, NITROGEN, MODELS

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Van der Straeten, Bart 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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B. Van der Straeten, J. Buysse, G. Van Huylenbroeck, and L. Lauwers, “Impact of policy-induced structural change on milk quality : evidence from the Flemish dairy sector,” JOURNAL OF DAIRY RESEARCH, vol. 76, no. 2, pp. 234–240, 2009.
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  author       = {Van der Straeten, Bart and Buysse, Jeroen and Van Huylenbroeck, Guido and Lauwers, Ludwig},
  issn         = {0022-0299},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF DAIRY RESEARCH},
  keywords     = {AGRICULTURE,ASSOCIATION,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},
}

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