Scale efficiency in Australian dairy farms

Graham, Mary and Fraser, Iain 2003, Scale efficiency in Australian dairy farms, in AARES 2003 : Contributed papers, AARES, Perth, W. A., pp. 1-17.

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Title Scale efficiency in Australian dairy farms
Author(s) Graham, Mary
Fraser, Iain
Conference name Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. Conference (47th : 2003 : Perth, Western Australia)
Conference location Perth, Western Australia
Conference dates 12-14 February 2003
Title of proceedings AARES 2003 : Contributed papers
Publication date 2003
Start page 1
End page 17
Publisher AARES
Place of publication Perth, W. A.
Summary Data Envelope Analysis, (DEA), a linear programming technique, provides a more consistent measure of efficiency than the commonly cited partial measures of farm efficiency. It yields a relative measure of efficiency and identifies inputs or outputs that are under utilized.

In this paper, DEA is used to assess the technical efficiency of a sample of dairy farms across all dairy regions in Australia. Regions vary in size and scale of operation and are examined to see the relationship between farm size and technical efficiency, and to see if there is justification in the move towards bigger dairy production units than currently exist, given their factor mix.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 140201 Agricultural Economics
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Copyright notice ©2003, AARES
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