Assessing efficiency of dairy goat farms by performance evaluation and benchmarking
The efficiency of goat farming sector in Greece is analyzed in this study. A survey was carried out in 96 goat farms, randomly selected in the area of Macedonia and Thrace, Greece. Accounting data were recorded through face-to-face interviews with farmers and Data Envelopment Analysis was applied to estimate technical efficiency (TE) of goat farms. The mean TE estimated at 0.791, indicating that input savings of 20.9% could be achieved. 75% of the goat farms are deemed as inefficient. The gross revenue varies considerably between efficient and inefficient farms, with the first achieving €210.09 and inefficient farms €143.41/doe. Farm size classification reveals significant difference of TE among groups of small and medium sized farms (P≤0.05). The analysis of the existing structure of the farms, compared to the optimal plan resulted from DEA, shows that farms could achieve higher economic results, through a rational use of the available inputs.
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Batzios, A., Theodoridis, A., Semos, A., & Bournaris, T. (2022). Assessing efficiency of dairy goat farms by performance evaluation and benchmarking. Journal of the Hellenic Veterinary Medical Society, 73(3), 4389–4398. https://doi.org/10.12681/jhvms.27233 (Original work published October 25, 2022)
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