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Volume 2014, Article ID 985149, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/985149
Research Article

The Technical Efficiency of Specialised Milk Farms: A Regional View

1Faculty of Business Administration, Department of Business Economics, University of Economics, Prague, W. Churchill Square 4, 130 67 Prague 3, Czech Republic
2Faculty of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, 165 21 Prague 6, Czech Republic

Received 25 March 2014; Revised 25 May 2014; Accepted 26 May 2014; Published 22 June 2014

Academic Editor: Juan J. Loor

Copyright © 2014 Jindřich Špička and Luboš Smutka. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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