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Record number 498191
Title The total cost of rearing a heifer on Dutch dairy farms : Calculated versus perceived cost
Author(s) Mohd Nor, N.; Steeneveld, W.; Derkman, T.H.J.; Verbruggen, M.D.; Evers, A.G.; Haan, M.H.A. De; Hogeveen, H.
Source Irish Veterinary Journal 68 (2015)1. - ISSN 2046-0481
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13620-015-0058-x
Department(s) Business Economics
FB SC ICT Informatie Systemen
LR - Veehouderij en omgeving
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) Costs - Dairy - Economics - Young stock
Abstract

Background: As farmers do not often keep a record of the expenditures for rearing, an economic tool that provides insight into the cost of rearing is useful. In the Netherlands, an economic tool (Jonkos) has been developed that can be used by farmers to obtain insight into the cost of rearing on their farm. The first objective of this study is to calculate the total cost of rearing young stock in Dutch dairy herds using Jonkos. The second objective is to compare the calculated total cost of rearing with the farmers' own estimation of the cost of rearing (the perceived cost). Findings: Information was available for 75 herds that reared their own young stock and who had used the Jonkos tool. The perceived cost of rearing young stock was only available for 36 herds. In the 75 herds, the average herd size was 100 dairy cows. The average calculated total cost of rearing a heifer was €1,790. The average perceived total cost of rearing a heifer (including labour and housing costs) was €1,030. Conclusion: Most Dutch farmers in the study underestimated the total cost of rearing. The Jonkos economic tool has the advantage that herd-specific information can be entered as input values. The output of the tool can improve the awareness of farmers about the total costs of rearing. This awareness can lead to a higher priority of young stock rearing and consequently to an improved quality of young stock rearing.

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