Uptake of digital technology by small and medium beef cattle producers: the influence of learning and cost on the extent of usage

Noble, Christopher W. (2015) Uptake of digital technology by small and medium beef cattle producers: the influence of learning and cost on the extent of usage. Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 17 (2). pp. 1-20. ISSN 1325-2224

Abstract

This research investigates the use of digital information, primarily through computers and the internet, by small and medium beef cattle producers to see how access, acquisition, interaction, generation and use of information takes place within their enterprises. From qualitative data, cost and learning effects for uptake of digital technology are isolated from age and gender influences. This research uses cost and learning theory to point to the means of growing producer capabilities to implement digital technology as part of a production system, and to explain why, in many cases, implementation of digital technologies has resulted only in use as communication or storage devices rather than tools for analysis of production.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 04:54
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2016 06:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation; learning; beef cattle; digital technology
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28784

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