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Unpacking Total Factor Productivity on Dairy Farms using Empirical Evidence

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dc.contributor.author Olagunju, Kehinde Oluseyi
dc.contributor.author Sherry, Erin
dc.contributor.author Samuel, Aurelia
dc.contributor.author Caskie, Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2022-02-10T10:24:24Z
dc.date.available 2022-02-10T10:24:24Z
dc.date.issued 2022-02-04
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12518/401
dc.identifier.citation Olagunju, K.O., Sherry, E., Samuel, A. and Caskie, P. (2022) ‘Unpacking Total Factor Productivity on Dairy Farms Using Empirical Evidence’, Agriculture. MDPI AG. doi:10.3390/agriculture12020225. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2077-0472
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture12020225
dc.description Publication history: Accepted - 31 January 2022; Published online - 4 February 2022 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examines the farm-level factors that influence differences in total factor productivity (TFP) on dairy farms. To this end, a fixed-effects regression approach is applied to panel data for dairy farms obtained from the Farm Accountancy Data Network for Northern Ireland over the period of 2005 to 2016. The findings are largely consistent with existing empirical evidence, showing that herd size, milk yield, stocking density, and share of hired labour have a positive and statistically significant impact on TFP, while labour input per cow, purchased feed input per cow, and share of direct payments in total farm output have a negative and statistically significant impact. The more complex relationships, namely age, education, and investment, have been unpacked using interaction terms and nonlinear approximation. The impact of age is negative, and the drag on productivity grows as age increases. Capital investment and education both have a positive impact on farm-level TFP, as well as on their interaction. Policy recommendations on strategies and best practices to help dairy farms tackle productivity constraints are suggested en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This research was undertaken as part of the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Evidence and Innovation Programme [E&I 17/2/04—Productivity growth in the Dairy sector in Northern Ireland: Trends and drivers]. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.rights Copyright: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/). en_US
dc.subject agricultural productivity en_US
dc.subject competitiveness en_US
dc.subject total factor productivity en_US
dc.subject farm-level productivity en_US
dc.title Unpacking Total Factor Productivity on Dairy Farms using Empirical Evidence en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dcterms.dateAccepted 2022-01-31
dcterms.dateSubmitted 2021-12-06

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