Cost Efficiency of Dairy Farming in New Zealand: A Stochastic Frontier Analysis

Research on the efficiency of dairy farming in New Zealand is limited and has focused predominantly on technical efficiency. We contribute to the literature on empirical analysis by examining cost efficiency of New Zealand dairy farms. We construct simplified translog stochastic cost frontiers based on an unbalanced panel of 824 farms. Average cost efficiency is estimated at 83 percent for dairy farms in the North Island and 80 percent for farms in the South Island. Our analysis of the relationship between inefficiency and farm characteristics suggests significant associations between cost efficiency and capital intensity, livestock quality, and farm size.


Issue Date:
2014-12
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Record Identifier:
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/190994
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/190994
Published in:
Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Volume 43, Number 3
Page range:
406-418
Total Pages:
13




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