Journal article
A framework for the socio-economic evaluation of rearing systems of dairy calves with or without cow contact



Publication Details
Authors:
Knierim, U.; Wicklow, D.; Ivemeyer, S.; Moeller, D.
Publisher:
CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
Publication year:
2020
Journal:
Journal of Dairy Research
Pages range:
128-132
Volume number:
87
Issue number:
S1
Start page:
128
End page:
132
Number of pages:
5
ISSN:
0022-0299
Languages:
English

Abstract

Interest in dairy calf rearing systems
with cow-calf contact during the milk feeding period is increasing among
farmers, advisors and researchers, but socio-economic consequences have
only scarcely been investigated yet. In this research reflection we
develop a suggestion for a socio-economic methodical framework that is
suitable for the wide variation of cow calf rearing systems, farm,
market and societal conditions. Based on a literature based,
system-theoretical structuring of involved elements, and on full cost
accounting in an exemplary case study concerning two model farms, we
itemize monetary factors, and additionally important non-monetary
factors, that should be included in a socio-economic evaluation. This
process also revealed further research needs. We propose as a next
research step to gather a greater number of real farm data including
different rearing systems and to perform individual full cost
accountings, in order to identify input and output patterns on this
basis. This might not only help to provide a robust basis for economic
decision making, but also help to fill research gaps concerning
long-term effects of calf rearing with cow contact. In addition, ways
should be explored on how to take non-monetary effects into account.



Keywords
Cow calf contact, dam rearing, full cost accounting, monetary and non-monetary factors

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