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Scale Economies And Economic Performance In Southeastern U.S. Cow-Calf Production

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  • Qushim, Berdikul
  • Gillespie, Jeffrey M.
  • Nehring, Richard F.

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The objective of this study is to assess the scale and technical efficiencies and other economic performance measures of southeastern U.S. cow-calf farms. We describe and compare cow-calf operations by size and farm resource region and measure their relative competitiveness. We estimate an input distance function using stochastic production frontier techniques (SPF).

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  • Qushim, Berdikul & Gillespie, Jeffrey M. & Nehring, Richard F., 2013. "Scale Economies And Economic Performance In Southeastern U.S. Cow-Calf Production," 2013 Annual Meeting, February 2-5, 2013, Orlando, Florida 143009, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
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    Cow-calf; performance measures; scale efficiency; technical efficiency; Farm Management; Livestock Production/Industries; Production Economics; Productivity Analysis;

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