Comparative strategies and efficiency analysis of milk production chains in different EU countries

The reforms of the EU dairy sector raise concerns about the further functioning of the sector at the EU and regional level. The objective of this paper is to evaluate the total efficiency of milk production chains in different EU countries in relation to the business competitiveness obtaining strate...

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Main Authors: Krieviņa Agnese
Miglavs Andris
Corporate Author: Traditions, innovation, sustainability (2011) (Hódmezővásárhely)
Format: Article
Published: Szegedi Tudományegyetem Mezőgazdasági Kar Szeged 2011
Series:Agrár- és vidékfejlesztési szemle 6 No. 1
Kulcsszavak:Tejtermelés - stragégia - Európai-Unió, Vidékfejlesztés - Európai-Unió
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Online Access:http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/76085
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Summary:The reforms of the EU dairy sector raise concerns about the further functioning of the sector at the EU and regional level. The objective of this paper is to evaluate the total efficiency of milk production chains in different EU countries in relation to the business competitiveness obtaining strategy applied. There are different strategies applied among the countries. The most value adding oriented dairy industries are in Spain, Belgium and Italy, but the dairy industries of Ireland and the United Kingdom are the most outstanding representatives of cost leadership. On farm level also different strategies may be observed. Comparing the efficiency levels for the whole milk production chain, representatives of the both main strategies are present - the Netherlands and Ireland with their cost leadership strategy and also Belgium with its value adding strategy. When to evaluate the labour efficiency, Spain, Belgium and also Italy demonstrate a strategy based on the use of labour intensive higher value adding approach, whilst the Netherlands, Ireland and Belgium, also the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden seem to maintain higher capital intensive cost efficiency strategies.
Physical Description:66-73
ISSN:1788-5345