Special Issue "The Responsiveness of the Dairy Cattle Sector to Societal Challenges"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Cattle".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 1677

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Dr. Andreas Foskolos
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Department of Animal Science, University of Thessaly, Campus Gaiopolis, 411 10 Larisa, Greece
Interests: ruminant nutrition; dairy science; small ruminants; animal nutrition; dairy cattle nutrition; feed formulation; animal physiology; digestive physiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The dairy cattle industry is challenged by different social needs, including the provision of healthy products, improvement of animal welfare, reduction of environmental impact, adaptation to climate change, etc. It has responded in a variety of ways, incorporating efficient management and nutrition, improved reproductive performance, and, certainly, improved animal welfare.

The current Special Issue wishes to incorporate and communicate to the public what has been done so far as a response to these challenges, and what needs to be done to further understand the dynamics between society and the dairy industry. Research papers are welcome which incorporate a variety of research methods, from modeling to in vivo or in vitro experiments. Furthermore, a short number of topic-specific literature reviews will be considered.    

Dr. Andreas Foskolos
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • climate change adaptation
  • consumer behavior
  • dairy cattle welfare
  • healthy dairy products
  • life cycle assessment
  • mitigation of environmental pollution
  • nutritional management

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Consumer Preferences for Cheese Products with Quality Labels: The Case of Parmigiano Reggiano and Comté
Animals 2022, 12(10), 1299; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12101299 - 18 May 2022
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The paper examined the potential demand for a food specialty dairy product, cheese, with alternative multiple labels. A random-parameter logit model was applied to interpret the results of online discrete choice experiments (DCE) for the elicitation of the preference of the cheese consumers [...] Read more.
The paper examined the potential demand for a food specialty dairy product, cheese, with alternative multiple labels. A random-parameter logit model was applied to interpret the results of online discrete choice experiments (DCE) for the elicitation of the preference of the cheese consumers surveyed in two European countries, France (n = 400) and Italy (n = 408). We analyzed consumers’ choices of quality-labeled cheeses, i.e., protected-designation-of-origin (PDO)-labeled Parmigiano Reggiano and Comté. Other features were tested, such as organic (Comté) and Mountain Product (Parmigiano Reggiano) labels, companies’ brands and price. The paper contributes to the literature on credence attributes by examining consumers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for differentiated cheese products in two EU countries, and by identifying the effects of personal characteristics, in terms of socio-demographics and level of product involvement, on the differences in preferences. The results show that price was the most important attribute in both countries, followed by the PDO quality label, particularly when paired with the second quality feature. Two cheese consumer segments were identified via latent class models in each country, helping producers to improve their marketing of agri-food products with a high gastronomic value and differentiation potential. Full article
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Developing ‘Smart’ Dairy Farming Responsive to Farmers and Consumer-Citizens: A Review
Animals 2022, 12(3), 360; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12030360 - 02 Feb 2022
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Innovation has resulted in more dairy products being produced with less inputs than ever before. It has also affected how animals are raised, the structure of the sector and the nature of products produced. Not all impacts have been positive. As disruptive technologies—such [...] Read more.
Innovation has resulted in more dairy products being produced with less inputs than ever before. It has also affected how animals are raised, the structure of the sector and the nature of products produced. Not all impacts have been positive. As disruptive technologies—such as precision farming and robotics—herald significant change, it is timely to reflect on the perspectives of different actors on innovations within the sector. Drawing on a review of academic literature, this paper considers farmers’ and consumer-citizens’ perspectives; as expected, their diverse knowledge, interests and values surface a range of perspectives. To provide focus to the study, it examines technologies across three stages of the dairy production cycle: breeding, feeding and milking. It finds that consumer-citizen and farmer perspectives have been examined by researchers in several countries, using a variety of methods, across a range of technologies. It finds both areas of agreement and tension within and between consumer-citizen and producer cohorts. While differences in knowledge account for some variation, differences in values are also significant. The extent to which efforts can and should be put into addressing differences is raised as a point for reflection. Full article
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