Sky Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 6(4), pp. 073-077, July, 2017. Available online http://www.skyjournals.org/SJAR
ISSN 2315-8751 ©2017 Sky Journals

 

Full Length Research Paper

An assessment of the technical efficiency of beef cattle fattening in Yobe State, Nigeria: A stochastic frontier model approach

 

Moses, J. D.
 

Department of Agricultural Economics, Adamawa State University, Mubi. E-mail: jdaudumoses@gmail.com.  Tel.: +2347067952522.
 

 

Accepted 17 July, 2017

 

 

Abstract

The study assessed the technical efficiency of Beef cattle fattening production in Nigeria. Randomized sampling technique was used to select 100 respondents from the study area. The data were collected through well structure questionnaire. The analytical tools employed were descriptive statistics and Stochastic Frontier production function. The result showed that 70% of the respondents fall within the productive age of 31 - 50 years. 88% 0f farmers were men and 80% had no formal education. The estimated technical efficiency of the beef cattle fatteners ranged from 51% to 79% with a mean technical efficiency of 64%. The variation in the level of technical efficiency indicates that more opportunities exist for beef cattle fatteners to increase cattle production and income through improvements in their technical efficiency. Determinants of technical efficiency of beef cattle fatteners were found to be feeder cattle herd size, labour, feeds/supplement, veterinary services and capital, since all these variables were found to be positive and significantly related to technical efficiency. The study recommended the establishments of micro-credit schemes and increased local firms for processing feeds. 


Key words:
Beef cattle fattening, technical efficiency, stochastic frontier model.

 

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