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Farmers’ preferences for adopting on-farm concentration of raw milk: Results from a discrete choice experiment in Germany

  • Milk concentrates are used in the manufacturing of dairy products such as yogurt and cheese or are processed into milk powder. Processes for the nonthermal separation of water and valuable milk ingredients are becoming increasingly widespread at farm level. The technical barriers to using farm-manufactured milk concentrate in dairies are minimal, hence the suspicion that the practice of on-farm raw milk concentration is still fairly uncommon for economic reasons. This study, therefore, set out to investigate farmers’ potential willingness to adopt a raw milk concentration plant. The empirical analysis was based on discrete choice experiments with 75 German dairy farmers to identify preferences and the possible adoption of on-farm raw milk concentration. The results showed that, in particular, farmers who deemed the current milk price to be insufficient viewed on-farm concentration using membrane technology as an option for diversifying their milk sales. We found no indication that adoption would be impeded by a lack of trustworthy information on milk processing technologies or capital.

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Author:Corinna WeissgerberORCiD, Sebastian HessORCiDGND
DOI original:https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2021-20528
Parent Title (English):Journal of Dairy Science
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2022
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Hannover
Release Date:2022/03/21
Tag:discrete choice experiment; latent class analysis; on-farm raw milk concentration; random parameter logit mode
GND Keyword:Rohmilch; Konzentrat; Milchviehbetrieb; Diskrete Entscheidung; Latent-Class-Analyse
Page Number:16
First Page:3176
Last Page:3191
Gefördert mit Mitteln des Publikationsfonds der Bibliothek der Hochschule Hannover.
Link to catalogue:1800626134
Institutes:Fakultät II - Maschinenbau und Bioverfahrenstechnik
DDC classes:630 Landwirtschaft, Veterinärmedizin
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International