Special Issue "Livestock Farm and Agribusiness Management"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Peter Tozer
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Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, 4472, Auckland, New Zealand
Interests: farm and agribusiness management; agricultural economics; animal science; farming systems

Special Issue Information

Livestock agriculture, including bovine, ovine, equine, caprine, porcine, and poultry species, generated approximately $USD2.1 trillion in production value in 2016.

Livestock production produces food, generates income, and or is a source of wealth for peoples of different nations, socio-economic status, and cultures.

The management of livestock production systems has faced numerous challenges, environmental, economic, and social, to ensure that the systems are sustainable while still fulfilling their purpose of the provision of services to society.

For these reasons, it is necessary to improve knowledge and skills to ensure livestock agriculture can continue to provide benefits to society, but within the new paradigm of environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

This Special Issue will focus on the challenges facing managers of livestock production agribusinesses, from the large commercial scale down to the small scale, including subsistence production systems, and how these challenges can be overcome with changes to management through technology, practices, or skills. The application of these will lead to more productive, environmentally friendly, and economically and socially sustainable production systems and to improve the quality and safety of products from these systems.

Research on livestock production systems and agribusinesses that addresses the challenges of managing these systems is welcome.  The Special Topic issue is not limited by species or geography, studies submitted can cover any livestock species, including but not limited to beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, equine, or poultry. Research that reports feeding trials only, without a broader scope will not be considered for the Special Issue.

Dr. Peter Tozer
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Livestock management
  • Livestock systems
  • Agribusiness
  • Sustainable
  • Economic
  • Social Environmental

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Drought Shocks and Gearing Impacts on the Profitability of Sheep Farming
Agriculture 2021, 11(4), 366; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture11040366 - 18 Apr 2021
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The resilience and profitability of livestock production in many countries can be impacted by shocks, such as drought and market shifts, especially under high debt levels. For farmers to remain profitable through such uncertainty, there is a need to understand and predict a [...] Read more.
The resilience and profitability of livestock production in many countries can be impacted by shocks, such as drought and market shifts, especially under high debt levels. For farmers to remain profitable through such uncertainty, there is a need to understand and predict a farming business’s ability to withstand and recover from such shocks. This research demonstrates the use of biophysical modelling linked with copula and Monte Carlo simulation techniques to predict the risks faced by a typical wool and meat lamb enterprise in South-Eastern Australia, given the financial impacts of different debt levels on a farming business’s profitability and growth in net wealth. The study tested five starting gearing scenarios, i.e., debt to equity (D:E) ratios to define a farm’s financial risk profiles, given weather and price variations over time. Farms with higher gearing are increasingly worse off, highlighting the implications of debt accumulating over time due to drought shocks. In addition to business risk, financial risk should be included in the analyses and planning of farm production to identify optimal management strategies better. The methods described in this paper enable the extension of production simulation to include the farmer’s management information to determine financial risk profiles and guide decision making for improved business resilience. Full article
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Pasture-Based Livestock Economics under Joint Production of Commodities and Private Amenity Self-Consumption: Testing in Large Nonindustrial Privately Owned Dehesa Case Studies in Andalusia, Spain
Agriculture 2021, 11(3), 214; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture11030214 - 05 Mar 2021
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In this study, we apply the hypothesis of private amenity which simulates that the nonindustrial livestock farmers are assured an ex-ante normal minimum operating profitability rate for their investments in the production systems of livestock species based on grazing in a case study [...] Read more.
In this study, we apply the hypothesis of private amenity which simulates that the nonindustrial livestock farmers are assured an ex-ante normal minimum operating profitability rate for their investments in the production systems of livestock species based on grazing in a case study of dehesas in Andalusia, Spain. The ex-post measurement in the Agroforestry Accounting System of the commercial operating opportunity cost incurred by the owners at the close of the period corresponds to the lower limit of the additional amount of noncommercial intermediate product of the private amenity self-consumption service (ISSnca). When the livestock farmers obtain an above-normal operating profitability rate, it is assumed that the absence of opportunity cost results in the free use of the private amenity and, therefore, the latter is a free (noneconomic) service with zero value. In the case study of dehesa farms, the results show that the commercial operating profitability rates at basic prices are below the normal. When the ISSnca is included, the operating profitability rates at social prices for the livestock species exceed by 30%, on average, the assumed normal rate of 3%. However, due to the decline in the prices of the inanimate fixed capital in 2010, the average total profitability rate for the livestock species is estimated at 0.1%, which differs substantially from the assumed normal operating profitability rate. These results are of interest with regard to the design and application of official economic accounts at farm scale, which, as in the European Commission Farm Accounting Data Network, omit the measurement of ISSnca. Full article
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Effects of Social Network on Herder Livestock Production Income and the Mediation by Fund Loans
Agriculture 2020, 10(12), 629; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture10120629 - 13 Dec 2020
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Due to its alpine geography and harsh environment, the pastoral region of Qinghai Province is widely recognized as one of China’s concentrated and contiguous poverty-stricken regions, while climate change, market competition and grazing control exert further pressure on the income security of herders. [...] Read more.
Due to its alpine geography and harsh environment, the pastoral region of Qinghai Province is widely recognized as one of China’s concentrated and contiguous poverty-stricken regions, while climate change, market competition and grazing control exert further pressure on the income security of herders. After more than 1000 years of nomadic practice, cooperation and reciprocity have been entrenched in the culture of pastoral ethnic minorities, in which a well-developed social network may play a crucial role in herders’ social and economic activities, including their financial and production behaviors. Based on a questionnaire survey of 278 households in two counties of Qinghai, this study empirically examined the effects of herders’ social network on their livestock production income and the mediation function of fund loans therein. The social network was found to exert a significant positive impact on household income, and loans had a positive mediation effect. By comparison, the mediation effect of formal borrowing channels was statistically significant while that of informal channels was not, which may be attributed to the relative degree of maturity of the two disparate financial markets. It is suggested that a closer and more inclusive social network should be fostered, the quality of bank financial services should be improved, and the regulation on informal credit activities should be reinforced, so as to fully exploit the positive roles of the social network and fund loans for income growth of herder households in vast pastoral areas of China. Full article
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