Willingness-to-Pay for Calf Health Programs and Certification Agents

Cattle feeders want feeder cattle that have been weaned and preconditioned with a certified health program. Preconditioned calves perform more efficiently in the feedlot with lower morbidity and mortality. Health program claims, however, range from no claim to being USDA-certified. The value of health protocol certification may vary with certifying entity. Results from a choice experiment and survey of cattle feeders indicate preconditioning programs that include weaning, vaccinating against respiratory and clostridial/blackleg, and treating for parasites are worth on average $7.28/cwt to feedlots. Furthermore, a health program certified by USDA carries an additional value of $2.37/cwt on average.


Editor(s):
Marchant, Mary A.
Bosch, Darrell J.
Subject(s):
Issue Date:
2012-05
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/123777
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 44, Number 2
Page range:
191-202
Total Pages:
12
JEL Codes:
Q13; L15; D82




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