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Grass-Fed Beef Enterprise Efficiency Analysis in the U.S

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  • Qushim, Berdikul
  • Bhandari, Basu
  • Gillespie, Jeffrey
  • Scaglia, Guillermo

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We determine technical and scale efficiencies, scope economies, marginal productive contributions for inputs and outputs, and efficiency drivers for U.S. grass-fed beef enterprises. Average technical efficiency was 0.82. Increasing returns to scale and scope economies were found. Results suggest grass-fed beef enterprises can be scale efficient at >100 grass-fed beef animals.

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  • Qushim, Berdikul & Bhandari, Basu & Gillespie, Jeffrey & Scaglia, Guillermo, 2017. "Grass-Fed Beef Enterprise Efficiency Analysis in the U.S," 2017 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2017, Mobile, Alabama 252735, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
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    Livestock Production/Industries; Production Economics; Productivity Analysis;

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