Economic evaluation of the performance of purebred and crossbred dairy cattle under on-farm conditions in tropical northern Australia

Authors

  • Kwabena A. Anaman Department of Agriculture, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland 4067, Australia
  • Susan L. McMeniman Department of Agriculture, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland 4067, Australia

Keywords:

Bos indicus, Bos Taurus, Dairy cattle crossbreeds, Livestock economics, Tropical dairy production, Northern Australia

Abstract

On-farm production data form 1980-87 were used to determine the expected net present value of income from a milking cow during its lifespan for several breeds of dairy cattle in the Darwin area of the Northern Territory, Australia. The results indicate that the Australian- Friesian-Sahiwal (AFS) crossbreed produced that highest mean net income, following by the Holstein-Friesian (HF) purebreed. The other breeds considered were unprofitable under diverse economic conditions.

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Research Papers