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Efficiency measurement of Australian dairy farms: national and regional performance

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posted on 2005-03-01, 00:00 authored by I Fraser, Mary Graham
In this paper we use Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to estimate technical efficiency for a sample of 1742 Australian dairy farms. Bearing in mind data limitations we find that average technical efficiency is 59 per cent, but there are significant regional differences. These results reflect differences in State level milk marketing arrangements in place before dairy deregulation in July 2000 providing an ex post explanation for the changing composition of dairy farms in Australia. We also examine two important technical aspects of DEA implementation. First, how changes in model input specification alter the relative performance of farms. Second, we employ a simple bootstrap procedure to show how changes in sample size affects estimates of technical efficiency. These results have simple but important implications for the use of DEA as an industry-benchmarking tool.

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Journal

Australasian agribusiness review

Volume

13

Pagination

1 - 18

Publisher

The University of Melbourne

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

1442-6951

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2005, University of Melbourne

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