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Breeding Technologies in U.S. Meat Goat Production: Who are the Adopters and How Does Adoption Impact Productivity?

  • Jeffrey Gillespie (a1), Berdikul Qushim (a1), Narayan Nyaupane (a2) and Kenneth McMillin (a3)

Adoption of advanced breeding technologies and management practices (BTMP) in U.S. meat goat production and their impact were examined. Adopters generally had larger-scale operations, used rotational grazing and/or dry lot systems, and sold larger percentages of animals for breeding and show purposes. Farmer demographics and farm variables also influenced adoption. Complementarity of adoption was found—adopters of one BTMP tended to adopt other BTMPs. Measures of productivity and profitability were not affected by adoption. Goat breed, farmer experience, production system used, and specialization influenced productivity, and farm size had the greatest influence on enterprise profitability.

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Correspondence: Jeffrey Gillespie Agricultural Center 101 Martin D. Woodin Hall Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA 70803 Phone 225.578.2759 Email
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