Economic analysis of Georgia State broiler litter transportation
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The profitability of using broiler litter as a source of crop nutrients was calculated using phosphorus based poultry litter application. A cost-minimizing phosphorus-consistent transportation model developed to meet the nutrient needs of 142 application counties in Georgia revealed that not all of the litter can be utilized in the state. The analysis indicates that a ton of litter can cost effectively be transported up to 151 miles from the production facility. The total cost increased when transportation of the litter out of the heavily surplus counties was equivalent to complete litter disposal from the originating region. Total litter use was minimally affected by changes in chemical fertilizer prices. Shadow prices indicated the robustness of the model.