Efficiency Measurement of Australian Dairy Farms: National and Regional Performance

Fraser, Iain M and Graham, Mary (2005) Efficiency Measurement of Australian Dairy Farms: National and Regional Performance. Australian Agribusiness Review, 13 (7). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1442-6951 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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. Also available on-line at www.agrifood.info/Publications Review/Fraser Graham.htm

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Agri-Environment Economics
Depositing User: Iain Fraser
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2008 13:19
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 09:24
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/5533 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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