An efficiency analysis of cattle backgrounding operations in Kansas

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dc.contributor.author Gow, L.
dc.contributor.author Langemeier, Michael R.
dc.date 1999 en
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-23T19:27:30Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-23T19:27:30Z
dc.date.issued 2010-08-23T19:27:30Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/4705
dc.description.abstract As the structure of the beef industry changes, understanding its efficiency, cost, and profitability relationships is important. This study evaluates the relative efficiency of a sample of Kansas farm backgrounding and backgrounding/finishing operations for 1995- 1997. No commercial feeders were included. On average, backgrounding operations were 71% technically efficient, 68% allocatively efficient, 83% scale efficient, and 39% overall efficient. The results suggest that Kansas backgrounding operations could reduce their cost by 61%, if all farms were producing at the lowest possible cost. On average, backgrounding/finishing operations were 84% technically efficient, 79% allocatively efficient, 90% scale efficient, and 60% overall efficient, suggesting that those operations could reduce their cost by 40%, if all were producing at the lowest possible cost. Given the average levels of technical, allocative, and overall efficiencies, significant room for improvement exists in technology adoption, input usage, and size adjustment for both backgrounding and backgrounding/finishing operations. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen’s Day, 1999 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 99-339-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 831 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Backgrounding en_US
dc.subject Finishing en_US
dc.subject Production costs en_US
dc.subject Efficiency en_US
dc.subject Size en_US
dc.title An efficiency analysis of cattle backgrounding operations in Kansas en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 1999 en_US
dc.citation.epage 54 en_US
dc.citation.spage 51 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 1999, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 5, 1999 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid mlange en_US


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