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Research Call

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DAFM Award

DAFM National Call 2010 10 S 714 Teagasc (NUIG) € 198,441

Project Title:

An economic analysis of the barriers to achievement of improved economic performance of the dairy farm sector

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Thia Hennessy

Project Abstract

The improved economic performance of farms and the adoption of output enhancing technologies are critical to achieving the Food Harvest 2020 target to increase dairy production by 50% by 2020. This project explores the barriers to achieving improved economic performance at the farm level. Specifically, two case studies are examined: animal health practices and genetic improvements in the dairy herd. The study involves both, economic analyses of the costs and benefits of best practice and social science research to identify drivers and barriers of the adoption of best practice in relation to these two case studies. The Moorepark Dairy Systems Model, the FAPRI-Ireland Farm-level Model and the Moorepark Dairy Processing Model will be used to quantify the costs and benefits of technology adoption at the farm, national and processor level. Drivers and barriers of adoption will be identified applying a social-psychology model based on focus groups, quantitative surveys and econometric analyses. The novel component of this research project is its multidisciplinary approach, incorporating economic and social-psychology models. The overall objective of the project is to provide recommendations on how to improve the knowledge transfer programmes for these two technologies with a view to improving overall farm and sector level performance.

Final Report:

10 S 714 Final Report (pdf 317Kb)