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Agricultural systems : economics, technology and diversity by Oliver W Castalonge

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Allocative efficiency, on the other hand, was first increasing with the size of the dairy production and the number of hectares at the farm, and then the allocative efficiency was decreasing. Significant effects of the squared measure of the whole-farm production suggested that technical efficiency first increased and then decreased with farm size, whereas the effect was reversed for allocative efficiency. The size study thus showed that technical and allocative efficiency scores are typically affected by farm in opposite ways size.

No, that would be an over-simplified explanation. A more realistic explanation elaborated both in the operational managerial practices study and in the MCSFs study is that all farms apply similar managerial practices, and especially similar animal health practices, regardless of the individual level of efficiency. Almost all dairy farms in Sweden participate in a dairy farm recording scheme conducted by the Swedish Dairy Association, which give similar managerial advice to all farms. Therefore, all farms use similar managerial practices.

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