A Nonparametric Efficiency Analysis for a Sample of Kansas Swine Operations

Posted: 9 Jun 1998

See all articles by William W. Rowland

William W. Rowland

Anderson Consulting LLP

Michael R. Langemeier

Center for Commercial Agriculture

Bryan W. Schurle

Kansas State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Allen M. Featherstone

Kansas State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Abstract

This study evaluates the economic competitiveness of a sample of Kansas farrow-to-finish operations by estimating relative firm efficiency using nonparametric mathematical programming techniques. Measures of technical, allocative, scale, economic, and overall efficiency are then related to farm characteristics to identify sources of efficiency. Results indicate that overall efficient farms produce a high quantity of pork per litter, produce a portion of their own feed grains, generate a large portion of their income from swine and other livestock enterprises, and have a lower debt-to-asset ratio.

JEL Classification: D24

Suggested Citation

Rowland, William W. and Langemeier, Michael and Schurle, Bryan W. and Featherstone, Allen M., A Nonparametric Efficiency Analysis for a Sample of Kansas Swine Operations. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Vol. 30, No. 1, July 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=94709

William W. Rowland

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Michael Langemeier (Contact Author)

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Bryan W. Schurle

Kansas State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

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Allen M. Featherstone

Kansas State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

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