Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, ( ISI ), Volume (21), No (7), Year (2019-12) , Pages (1753-1766)

Title : ( Evaluating Cost Structure and Economies of Scale of Beef Cattle Fattening Farms in Mashhad City )

Authors: Parisa alizadeh , Hosein Mohammadi , Naser Shahnoushi froshani , Sayed Hossein Saghaian , Alireza Pooya ,

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In recent years, the high cost of raising livestock and, consequently, the sharp increase in the price of red meat in Iran have reduced its demand, and people consume chicken meat as a substitute for it. This has reduced the production incentives and, with the bankruptcy of some beef cattle farms, the welfare of producers and consumers of this product face serious danger. To overcome this problem, understanding cost structure and reducing consumer price by reducing production costs seems necessary. Therefore, the aim of this research was to evaluate cost structure and economies of scale of beef cattle farms in Mashhad. For this purpose, the short-run Translog cost function along with input cost share equations were estimated using the iterated seemingly unrelated regression method. The data were collected in 2017 from beef cattle producers by interview using structured questionnaires. The result showed that there were increasing returns to scale for all farms. In addition, the demands for all inputs were perfectly inelastic. On the other hand, there was weak complementary and substitute relationship between inputs. According to the results of this research, the most important factor of beef production in the selected farms was feed, whose demand was inelastic and the possibility of substituting it with other inputs was very weak. Therefore, the adoption of policies by the government, including subsidies for feeding cattle and increasing the import of this input, can reduce the production cost and prevent beef prices from rising.


, Feeding cattle, Input demand, Iterated seemingly unrelated regression, Substitution elasticity, Translog cost function.
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author = {Alizadeh, Parisa and Mohammadi, Hosein and Shahnoushi Froshani, Naser and Sayed Hossein Saghaian and Pooya, Alireza},
title = {Evaluating Cost Structure and Economies of Scale of Beef Cattle Fattening Farms in Mashhad City},
journal = {Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology},
year = {2019},
volume = {21},
number = {7},
month = {December},
issn = {1680-7073},
pages = {1753--1766},
numpages = {13},
keywords = {Feeding cattle; Input demand; Iterated seemingly unrelated regression; Substitution elasticity; Translog cost function.},


%0 Journal Article
%T Evaluating Cost Structure and Economies of Scale of Beef Cattle Fattening Farms in Mashhad City
%A Alizadeh, Parisa
%A Mohammadi, Hosein
%A Shahnoushi Froshani, Naser
%A Sayed Hossein Saghaian
%A Pooya, Alireza
%J Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology
%@ 1680-7073
%D 2019