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Use and non-use values as motivational construct dimensions for farm animal welfare: impacts on the economic outcome for the farm

Hansson, Helena and Lagerkvist, Carl-Johan and Azar, Goudarz (2018). Use and non-use values as motivational construct dimensions for farm animal welfare: impacts on the economic outcome for the farm. Animal. 12:10, 2147-2155
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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/S175173111700372X

Abstract

This study explored how farmers’ motivation in terms of use values and/or non-use values to work with farm animal welfare are associated with the economic outcome for the farm. Use values in farm animal welfare refer to economic value derived from productivity and profitability considerations. Non-use values in farm animal welfare refer to economic value derived from good animal welfare, irrespective of the use the farmer derives from the animal, currently or in the future. The analysis was based on detailed information about the income statements of a sample of Swedish dairy farmers, obtained from the Swedish Farm Economic Survey, complemented with survey information about their perceived use and non-use values in farm animal welfare. The findings suggest that farm economic outcome is significantly associated with motivation in terms of use values, but not so much with motivation in terms of non-use values. This is interesting from a policy point of view, because it indicates that farmers with different approaches to farm animal welfare may experience different economic outcomes for their farms. Findings can, for instance, be used to strengthen farmers’ engagement in various private quality assurance standards, which generally focus on values of non-use type, by pointing to that realisation of such values will not impair the economic outcome of the farms. Moreover, findings also suggest that farmers’ economic incentives for engagement in such standards may need to be further strengthened in order to become more attractive, as findings point to that a focus on non-use values generally is not associated with more favourable economic outcomes.

Authors/Creators:Hansson, Helena and Lagerkvist, Carl-Johan and Azar, Goudarz
Title:Use and non-use values as motivational construct dimensions for farm animal welfare: impacts on the economic outcome for the farm
Series/Journal:Animal (1751-732X)
Year of publishing :2018
Volume:12
Number:10
Page range:2147-2155
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:1751-732X
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
Keywords:dairy farms, economic outcome, farm animal welfare, non-use values, use values
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-5025
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-5025
ID Code:15670
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:01 Oct 2018 08:06
Metadata Last Modified:01 Oct 2018 08:06

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