Published in Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 19, Issue 2, December 1, 1987, pages 1-10. Copyright © 1987 Sourthern Agricultural Economics Association. The definitive version is available at http://ideas.repec.org/s/ags/sojoae.html.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Wayne H. Howard was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The dissemination of information by extension agents on dairy management practices used to control mastitis and the reception and use of that information by producers are investigated. Producers are surveyed to determine current practices used. The relationship between milk yield, somatic cell count, management practices, and producer and production characteristics is estimated. Subjective probabilities are elicited from "expert," extension agents, and producers concerning the impact and cost of various management practices. Subjective marginal value products and marginal input costs are computed and compared for the respondent groups. Stochastic dominance is used to rank the relative importance of the practices as perceived by the respondents.
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