Journal Article

The Empirical Impact of Bovine Somatotropin on a Group of New York Dairy Farms

Zdenko Stefanides and Loren W. Tauer

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 81, issue 1, pages 95-102
Published in print February 1999 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online February 1999 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI:
The Empirical Impact of Bovine Somatotropin on a Group of New York Dairy Farms

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Data from a panel of New York Dairy farms were used to estimate bST adoption functions, and to measure the impact of bST on milk output and profitability per cow. Adoption results are consistent with previous ex ante bST adoption studies. Farm size, productivity, and education of the principal operator are the most important explanatory variables influencing adoption. The use of bST was found to significantly increase milk output per cow net of other explanatory variables, correcting for self-selection with respect to bST use. The impact on profits was, however, not statistically different from zero at any conventional statistical significance level.

Keywords: bovine somatotropin; bST; dairy farms; technology adoption; Q120; Q160

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Subjects: Agricultural Economics

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