Innovative behavior following the adoption of artificial insemination practice among dairy producers in Southern Chile

Carlos A. Amtmann1 y Jubel Moraga R.1

Through the panel technique, applied to a random sample drawn from dairy producers of the X Region of Chile, the innovative behavior of 41 original adopters of artificial insemination is analyzed. Among these producers, 31.7% have continuously practiced artificial insemination, 14.6% have discontinued it, and 53.7%, after a temporary ceasing of artificial insemination, have reinitiated the practice or are decided to do so. Relationships among these types of behavior and some socioeconomic attributes of the dairy farmers are found. Continuance is positively related to economic status, education, and technical assistance. Those general factors linked to the behavior of the producers after deciding to adopt artificial insemination are also pointed out. Finally, some implications of the findings for agricultural extension actions are presented.

1 Instituto de Ciencias Históricas y Sociales, U. Austral de. Chile, Casilla 567. Valdivia, Chile.