TITLE

Factors Affecting Cow-Calf Herd Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

AUTHOR(S)
Tong Wang; Seong C. Park; Bevers, Stan; Teague, Richard; Jaesung Cho
PUB. DATE
December 2013
SOURCE
Journal of Agricultural & Resource Economics;Dec2013, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p435
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A Cobb-Douglas stochastic frontier function is estimated for the cow-calf enterprises in the Texas Rolling Plains using Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA) data. We find that factors promoting higher herd productivity include machinery investment, pasture-quality improvement, and protein supplement. In contrast, herd productivity is compromised by a longer breeding season, percentage of hired labor, and deviation from mean annual rainfall. Interestingly, more technically efficient farms tend to emit fewer greenhouse gas units per unit of output. For example, net greenhouse gas emissions are 6.12 and -8.70 pounds of carbon equivalent, respectively, for farms with technical efficiency below 0.8 and above 0.96.
ACCESSION #
93429920

 

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