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The purpose of this study is to examine changes in the size distribution of egg farms as a Markov process in the three-state region consisting of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. In 1978 these three states together received cash receipts of 83 million dollars from egg sales. In addition to examining the size distribution of farms, the occurrence of a marked structural change in the egg industry during the period 1967 to 1978 is statistically tested. Also, the future size distribution of egg farms, total number of layers, and egg output are projected.
Life Sciences and Agriculture Experiment Station
Skinner, S.P. 1981. A Markov analysis of structural change and output prediction in the New England egg industry. Life Sciences and Agriculture Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 102.