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Title: Application of data envelopment analysis to measure technical efficiency on a sample of Irish dairy farms
Authors: Kelly, Eoin
Shalloo, Laurence
Geary, Una
Kinsella, Anne
Wallace, Michael
Keywords: Dairy
Data envelopment analysis
Technical efficiency
Issue Date: Dec-2012
Publisher: Teagasc
Citation: Application of data envelopment analysis to measure technical efficiency on a sample of Irish dairy farms. E. Kelly, L. Shalloo, U. Geary, A. Kinsella and M. Wallace. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 51: 63–77, 2012
Series/Report no.: Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research;vol 51
Abstract: The aim of this study was to determine the levels of technical efficiency on a sample of Irish dairy farms utilizing Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and to identify key management and production factors that differ between producers indentified as efficient and inefficient. DEA was used in this study to generate technical efficiency scores under assumptions of both constant returns to scale (CRS) and variable returns to scale (VRS). The average technical efficiency score was 0.785 under CRS and 0.833 under VRS. Key production characteristics of efficient and inefficient producers were compared using an analysis of variance. More technically efficient producers used less input per unit of output, had higher production per cow and per hectare and had a longer grazing season, a higher milk quality standard, were more likely to have participated in milk recording and had greater land quality compared to the inefficient producers.
Description: peer-reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11019/323
ISSN: 0791-6833
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IJAFR, volume 51, 2012
Agricultural Economics

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