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The main defence of Australian farmers against the cost-price squeeze has been to increase productivity. The tendency is to run more and more stock per man and to grow more crop per man.
Some farmers run unusually large numbers of animal units per man-year.
The operations of 16 such farmers over one year were examined to find out whether it had been profitable for them to reduce labour inputs to such an extent.
Fels, H E. and Hogstrom, A. W.
"Farm operations management,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 14
, Article 3.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol14/iss4/3