• Journal Article

Proposed changes in living conditions for broilers under the National Organic Program will have limited economic effects

Citation

Vukina, T., Anderson, K., & Muth, M. (2014). Proposed changes in living conditions for broilers under the National Organic Program will have limited economic effects. Journal of Applied Poultry Research, 23(2), 233-243. DOI: 10.3382/japr.2013-00896

Abstract

In the current paper, we estimate the costs and benefits of implementing the proposed rule for changes in living conditions for organic broilers. In contrast to the effects of the proposed rule for changes in living conditions for laying hens, the effects of the rule on organic broilers is anticipated to be relatively limited. All producers are already in compliance with option 2 of the rule, and changes required under option 3 are minimal for most producers. Using the per-farm estimated regulatory costs and the estimates of production volumes and actual prices, the total estimated annual industry cost under option 3 is $2.4 million, which represents 0.1% of total industry revenue. The estimated benefits associated with this type of perceived animal welfare improvement are high enough to cover the anticipated cost, and the proposed option easily passes the benefit-to-cost ratio test