4 results for Ambler, T. I.

  • Response patterns to a mail survey of New Zealand farmers

    Ambler, T. I.

    Book
    Lincoln University

    This report reviews the literature on mail surveys. It summarises recent experience by the Agricultural Economics Research Unit of Lincoln College in using mail surveys. In particular, it reports the findings of experiments in mail survey technique conducted in the context of surveys of New Zealand farmers. The primary source of the experimental findings reported was a mail survey of over 3,000 South Island sheep farmers initiated in November 1975. This survey, in a lengthy questionnaire, sought a variety of factual and attitude data relating to farm transport. The sample was split into ten experimental groups so that the effects of selected mail survey application techniques could be tested. It is hoped that future users of this survey method will undertake experiments that will contribute towards further knowledge that will improve the effectiveness and public acceptability of subsequent mail surveys.

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  • Use made of transport by farmers: a pilot survey with findings relating to Ashburton county, New Zealand

    Ambler, T. I.

    Working or discussion paper
    Lincoln University

    This paper reports on a survey into the use made of transport by New Zealand farmers. The survey has been carried out as a preliminary step in a research programme of the Agricultural Economics Research Unit aimed at investigating the potential for reducing off-farm costs incurred by farmers. There is no possibility of zero transport activity by farmers simply because farming is a spatially dispersed industry. However there are four broad ways in which transport costs can be reduced: a) Regulatory controls over competition in the transport industry can be adjusted by Government with the effect of altering transport costs. b) Changes in the transport industry's practices, organisation, technology and management methods. c) Changes in the relationship between transport operations and the systems used by producers, processors and marketers of primary commodities. d) Changes in the quality of transport services provided which can affect returns received by primary producers.

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  • Rate regulation and economic efficiency in rural road goods transport

    Ambler, T. I.

    Working or discussion paper
    Lincoln University

    The justification for the setting of rate maximums and minimums by the New Zealand Ministry of Transport for the rural road goods transport industry is reviewed in the light of the continuing need for greater efficiency in the farm servicing industries. Doubts are raised as to the validity of the original justifications in today's context. Because the rural road goods transport industry provides an unscheduled service, rate setting by Government is not clearly consistent with economic efficiency. The forces of price competition are not acting to reduce prices. Rather, farmers are paying for the luxury of service competition with rates being fixed by a third party, within a narrow range and on a cost plus criterion. It is suggested that minimum rate controls should be removed, that rates charged should more closely reflect cost differences and that controls over entry to the industry should be relaxed.

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  • A transport survey of South Island farmers

    Young, S. L.; Ambler, T. I.; Filan, S. J.

    Book
    Lincoln University

    Late in 1975 the Agricultural Economics Research Unit surveyed 3,156 randomly chosen South Island sheep farmers to obtain information on their transport needs and problems. The primary aim of the survey was to quantify the volume and flow patterns of the two major South Island farm commodities: livestock and wool. Farm management practices, and the basis for certain farm management decisions, were also investigated in the survey to clarify their impact on transport efficiency. As well, the opinions of farmers were sought on a number of important farm transport issues. The resulting findings in this variety of matters are presented in this report.

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