Productivity in ALCP dairy suppliers impact assessment

Pertaining to milk yield, increased herd size and underlying reasons for behaviour change

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This study compares farmer dairy suppliers (treatment group) supplying four ALCP dairies in two regions and four vastly different municipalities and their respective control group farmers.

The impact assessment showed that the increase in the number of milking cows and milk yield has been higher in dairy beneficiary farmers compared to non-beneficiary farmers.

It was observed that treatment group farmers are more likely to purposefully improve their husbandry practices: they invest more money in nutritional inputs and milking cows; they have more consultations with veterinarians and they have a more secure and stable source of income from selling raw milk, than the control group farmers.  It also shows that both groups have improved their husbandry practices and invested more to increase their herd sizes and milk yield. 

It concludes that formalisation of the dairy sector is developing in the right direction.