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Title: A NONPARAMETRIC EFFICIENCY ANALYSIS FOR A SAMPLE OF KANSAS SWINE OPERATIONS
Authors: Rowland, William W.
Langemeier, Michael R.
Schurle, Bryan W.
Featherstone, Allen M.
Keywords: Cost frontier
Farrow-to-finish
Minimum efficient scale
Overall efficiency
Issue Date: 1998-07
Abstract: This study evaluates the economic competitiveness of a sample of Kansas farrow-to-finish operations by estimating relative firm efficiency using nonparametric mathematical programming techniques. Measures of technical, allocative, scale, economic, and overall efficiency are then related to farm characteristics to identify sources of efficiency. Results indicate that overall efficient farms produce a high quantity of pork per litter, produce a portion of their own feed grains, generate a large portion of their income from swine and other livestock enterprises, and have a lower debt-to-asset ratio.
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/15084
Institution/Association: Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics>Volume 30, Number 01, July 1998
Total Pages: 11
Language: English
From Page: 189
To Page: 199
Collections:Volume 30, Number 01, July 1998

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