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dc.contributor.authorSmyth, Paul*
dc.contributor.authorHarte, Laurence*
dc.contributor.authorHenessy, Thia*
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-01T11:24:10Z
dc.date.available2014-08-01T11:24:10Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationP. Smyth, L. Harte and T. Hennessy. (2010) Seasonality and Costs of Production on Irish dairy farms from 1994-2008. RERC Working Paper Series PUT 10-WP-RE-01en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11019/697
dc.descriptionworking paperen_GB
dc.description.abstractPrevious research has highlighted the economic advantages of spring calving in countries such as Ireland that have a long spring/summer grazing season. However, the widespread adoption of such a production system leads to a highly seasonal milk supply and a range of problems that are associated with seasonality. The objective of this paper is to use historical data to quantify the economic benefits of a spring calving system. Data from over 400 dairy farms in Ireland over a period of 15 years is examined. Fixed, random and between effects panel models are estimated to test the significance of calving season on production costs. The results show the effect of calving season is significant at lowering production costs. These models returned results suggesting that high compact early Spring herds have significantly lower costs than over seasons. However the fixed effect model demonstrates little difference between production costs in different seasons suggesting individual effects such as the ability of the farmer may play a role in reduction of costs. Herds that are calved over a shorter period tend to have lower production costs.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherTeagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, Irelanden_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesRERC Working Paper Series;10-WP-RE-01
dc.subjectSeasonalityen_GB
dc.subjectFixed effecten_GB
dc.subjectCalving dateen_GB
dc.titleSeasonality and Costs of Production on Irish dairy farms from 1994-2008en_GB
dc.typeWorking Paperen_GB
refterms.dateFOA2018-01-12T08:03:07Z


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