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The Economics of Genomic Information Sharing in the Alberta Beef Sector

  • Author / Creator
    Feng, Yu
  • Abstract
    In this thesis, I estimate the willingness-to-accept (WTA) for genomic information
    sharing in Alberta beef cattle production. In addition, I examine the factors that influence the
    WTA by commercial cow-calf producers in genomic information sharing with Breeding
    Associations (BAs). As part of this thesis, I conducted a survey among the commercial cow-calf
    producers in Alberta. In total, 52 respondents completed the survey. Through the survey, I find
    that educational background, farm size, farm operation and the type of information all affect the
    willingness to share information. Larger farms and those that already have systems in place to
    collect genomic data easily are more willing to share their information at a lower price.
    Furthermore, respondents with genomic-related majors are more willing to share their
    information. Lastly, the perception about the benefits of genomic information sharing also
    influences respondent behavior. My results show that paying producers can be an effective tool
    to encourage cow-calf producers to share genomic information with BAs. However, the type of
    information and the degree of difficulty associated with collecting the information matter a great
    deal.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2022
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-9h9e-f892
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Library with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.