Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

If You Use a Screen Reader

This content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.

The Structure and Performance of the Northern Ireland Beef Sector

J. Davis
Irish Journal of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
Vol. 8, No. 2 (1981), pp. 153-165
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25556470
Page Count: 13
  • Read Online (Free)
  • Subscribe ($19.50)
  • Cite this Item
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
The Structure and Performance of the Northern Ireland Beef Sector
Preview not available

Abstract

This paper argues that workable or effective competition provides a pragmatic framework for assessing the structure and performance of marketing systems. Three criteria of effective competition were used to assess the structure and performance of the Northern Ireland beef sector from the early to the mid seventies. During the period of the study competiton was judged to be ineffective. The production industry was highly fragmented and there was evidence that this was accompanied by relatively low efficiency. The slaughtering/wholesaling industry was very concentrated and earned high gross profit margins, although these were eroded by high unit costs. An interface problem between producers and wholesalers was identified and, as a result, producers received a relatively low share of retail expenditure. The retailing industry demonstrated a more dynamic structure which it was thought would lead to an improvement in performance. The view was taken that government should adopt a more positive approach towards ameliorating the structural problems of the marketing system.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
153
    153
  • Thumbnail: Page 
154
    154
  • Thumbnail: Page 
155
    155
  • Thumbnail: Page 
156
    156
  • Thumbnail: Page 
157
    157
  • Thumbnail: Page 
158
    158
  • Thumbnail: Page 
159
    159
  • Thumbnail: Page 
160
    160
  • Thumbnail: Page 
161
    161
  • Thumbnail: Page 
162
    162
  • Thumbnail: Page 
163
    163
  • Thumbnail: Page 
164
    164
  • Thumbnail: Page 
165
    165