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  • A Limited Information Bayesian Forecasting Model of the Cattle SubSector

    The first step towards forecasting the price and output of the cattle industry is understanding the dynamics of the livestock production process. This study follows up on the Weimar and Stillman (1990) paper by using data from 1970 to 2005 to estimate the parameters that characterizes the cattle output supply. The model is then used to estimate forecast values for the periods 2006 and 2007....

  • Risk Classification in Animal Disease Prevention: Who Benefits from Differentiated Policy?

    Risk classification of livestock farms can help stakeholders design and implement risk management measures according to the possessed risk. Our goal is to examine how differently pig farms may contribute to the societal costs of an animal disease outbreak, how valuable this information is to different stakeholders, and how it can be used to target risk management measures. We show that the...

  • Factors Affecting Adoption of Recommended Management Practices in Stocker Cattle Production

    Binary logit regression models were used to estimate factors affecting adoption of recommended management practices. Variables analyzed include aspects of farm structure, human capital, farm objectives, and production system employed by the producer. Results reveal that operation size and dependency upon income from the stocker operation, in particular, influence the adoption of recommended...

  • The Transformation of the AFAR Commons in Ethiopia

    The major economic activity for pastoralists is animal husbandry. The harsh regulate resource utilization via a common property regime. In contrast to the mobile way of life characterizing pastoralism, agriculture as a sedentary activity is only marginally present in the lowlands of the Afar regional state in Ethiopia. Nevertheless, this study reveals a situation where the traditional land?...

  • Contract Farming of Swine in Southeast Asia as a Response to Changing Market Demand for Quality and Safety in Pork

    Contract farming is conventionally thought of as a form of industrial organization that helps to overcome high monitoring, supervision, and environmental mitigation costs incurred from ensuring a reliable and uniform-quality supply (from the standpoint of integrators) and high capital and small-scale input and service purchase costs (from the standpoint of individual farmers). But contract...

  • Pro-Poor HPAI Risk Reduction Strategies in Ghana

    This study presents a detailed review of the poultry sector in Ghana with an aim to provide in depth information on the linkages in the production chain and the role of the poultry sector in the national information on the linkages in the production chain and the role of the poultry sector in the national economy. Information on the history and current status of the Highly Pathogenic Avian...

  • Surveillance and Control of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Ghana ? An assessment of institutions and actors

    The objective of this research was to identify the institutions and their relative influence associated with surveillance and control of HPAI in Ghana, the flow of information for disease reporting among institutions, and the institutional responses to disease occurrence. The questions were: Who is involved? How do they communicate about suspected outbreaks? How do they respond to confirmed...

  • Surveillance and Control of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Ethiopia ? An assessment of institutions and actors

    Since its re-emergence, HPAI H5N1 has attracted considerable public and media attention because the viruses involved have been shown to be capable of producing fatal disease in humans. While there is fear that the virus may mutate into a strain capable of sustained human-to-human transmission, the greatest impact to date has been on the highly diverse poultry industries in affected countries...

  • Attitudes, practices and state of the art regarding piglet castration in Europe (PIGCAS) - Project goals and first results

    Castration in male pigs is usually performed during the first weeks of life without prior anesthesia. This document covers Norwegian Policy and two case studies.

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