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J Environ Manage. 2015 Mar 1;150:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.10.029. Epub 2014 Nov 22.

Factors influencing adoption of manure separation technology in The Netherlands.

Author information

1
Business Economics, Wageningen University, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands. Electronic address: s.gebrezgabher@cgiar.org.
2
Business Economics, Wageningen University, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands.
3
Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI), The Hague, The Netherlands.

Abstract

Manure separation technologies are essential for sustainable livestock operations in areas with high livestock density as these technologies result in better utilization of manure and reduced environmental impact. Technologies for manure separation have been well researched and are ready for use. Their use, however, has been limited to the Netherlands. This paper investigates the role of farm and farmer characteristics and farmers' attitudes toward technology-specific attributes in influencing the likelihood of the adoption of mechanical manure separation technology. The analysis used survey data collected from 111 Dutch dairy farmers in 2009. The results showed that the age and education level of the farmer and farm size are important variables explaining the likelihood of adoption. In addition to farm and farmer characteristics, farmers' attitudes toward the different attributes of manure separation technology significantly affect the likelihood of adoption. The study generates useful information for policy makers, technology developers and distributors in identifying the factors that impact decision-making behaviors of farmers.

KEYWORDS:

Dairy farming; Factor analysis; Manure separation; Ordered probit; Technology adoption

PMID:
25460418
DOI:
10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.10.029
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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