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Title: Live Animal Ultrasound Information as a Decision Tool in Replacement Beef Heifer Programs
Authors: Dos Santos, Alecsandro
Anderson, John D.
Vann, Rhonda C.
Willard, Scott T.
Keywords: expected utility
heifer development
real-time ultrasound
JEL Codes: Q11
Issue Date: 2008-04
Series/Report no.: JAAE
Abstract: Real-time ultrasound information taken on beef heifers prior to backgrounding is used to develop a logit model to aid heifer retention decisions. The value of ultrasound data is calculated as the difference in certainty equivalents between a decision rule incorporating ultrasound information and one using only visual cues. The value of ultrasound data is found to be around $10 per head but is influenced by heifer value and backgrounding costs.
Institution/Association: Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics>Volume 40, Number 01, April 2008
Total Pages: 10
From Page: 335
To Page: 344
Collections:Volume 40, Number 01, April 2008

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