Animal Agriculture in Louisiana tables

Linda Benedict  |  9/15/2012 2:22:47 AM

Many issues can affect the management, profitability and sustainability of beef, dairy and poultry operations. To determine the important issues, surveys were administered at group meetings with beef, dairy and poultry producers across Louisiana. These are the tables of the results. Go to the article.

Table 1. Average Ratings of Economic Issues Facing Animal Agriculture by Overall, Beef, Dairy, and Poultry Respondents. Highlighted are the issues considered extremely important and substantially important.

 

Industry

 

Overall

Beef

Dairy

Poultry

Economic Issues:

Rising input costs (i.e., feed, fertilizer, fuel, etc.)

4.8

4.7

4.8

4.9

Prices producers/growers receive for their animal products

4.6

4.5

4.8

4.6

Acquiring capital and resources

4.2

4.2

4.0

4.3

Equipment and machinery costs

4.2

4.0

4.2

4.4

Land prices

4.2

4.4

4.1

3.9

Price volatility for animal products

4.2

4.1

4.5

4.2

Maintaining industry infrastructure (availability of input suppliers)

4.1

3.8

4.4

4.2

Marketing options

4.1

4.2

4.2

4.0

Labor needs

4.0

3.9

4.2

4.1

Global competition

3.8

3.8

3.7

4.0

Table 2. Average Ratings of Environmental Issues Facing Animal Agriculture by Overall, Beef, Dairy, and Poultry Respondents. Highlighted are the issues considered extremely important and substantially important.

 

Industry

 

Overall

Beef

Dairy

Poultry

Environmental Issues:

Public perception of the environmental effects with animal agriculture

4.2

4.0

4.0

4.5

Use of Best Management Practices to minimize effects of animal agriculture on the environment

3.8

3.8

3.6

4.1

Animal waste disposal/utilization

3.7

3.2

3.5

4.3

Conservation/sustainability programs

3.7

3.7

3.5

4.0

Impact of animal agriculture on water quality

3.7

3.4

3.3

4.2

Pesticide/chemical use

3.6

3.7

3.3

3.8

Management of wetlands and riparian zones

3.3

3.2

3.0

3.5

Mortality disposal

3.3

3.0

2.8

4.1

Impact of animal agriculture on air quality

3.2

2.9

3.0

3.8

Tillage practices

3.2

3.2

3.3

3.2

Table 3. Average Ratings of Public Policy Issues Facing Animal Agriculture by Overall, Beef, Dairy, and Poultry Respondents. Highlighted are the issues considered extremely important and substantially important.

 

Industry

 

Overall

Beef

Dairy

Poultry

Public Policy Issues:

Consumer confidence in food and animal product safety

4.5

4.5

4.6

4.5

Consumer confidence concerning animal agriculture practices

4.3

4.3

4.2

4.3

State and federal government funding for research and extension education

4.1

4.3

4.0

4.1

Urban encroachment and land use

4.1

4.3

4.0

4.0

Source verification of animal products (country of origin labeling)

4.0

3.9

4.2

4.0

Animal welfare

3.9

3.7

3.8

4.1

Contingency plans for relief and recovery after a disaster

3.9

3.8

4.1

4.0

Financial support from commodity groups for research and extension education

3.9

4.0

3.7

3.9

Government regulation of animal agriculture production practices

3.6

3.6

3.4

3.7

Government subsidies of animal products

3.4

3.3

3.5

3.5

Table 4. Average Ratings of Production Issues Facing Animal Agriculture by Overall, Beef, Dairy, and Poultry Respondents. Highlighted are the issues considered extremely important and substantially important.

 

Industry

 

Overall

Beef

Dairy

Poultry

Production Issues:

Improving production efficiency

4.5

4.5

4.3

4.7

Adapting herd/flock size to maintain profitability

4.2

4.2

4.2

4.2

Adoption of improved animal production practices

4.2

4.3

4.1

4.3

Biosecurity

3.9

3.7

3.5

4.5

Product safety regulations

3.8

3.8

3.8

3.8

Ethical treatment of animals

3.7

3.6

3.7

3.8

Use of biotechnology and other technological advances

3.7

3.8

3.7

3.7

Vertical integration/coordination of animal production

3.6

3.6

3.4

3.6

National animal identification system

3.4

3.6

3.2

3.4

Natural and organic production methods

3.1

3.2

2.7

3.2

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