EFFICIENCY OF MARKET PRICE SIGNALS FOR FEEDER CATTLE FRAME SIZE AND MUSCLING

Two beef cattle production traits that affect performance are frame size and muscle thickness. Buyers pay premiums or discounts for feeder cattle with different frame and muscling. Do prices accurately reflect performance? What effect do frame and muscling have on profitability? Performance differed in some cases but not others. Backgrounding, stocker, and feedlot ADG differed little, while feed efficiency, days fed, and harvest weight varied more. There were many differences in carcass characteristics due to frame and muscling. Results provide evidence that stocker and feedlot prices are inefficient since a greater profit can be made producing one type of calf instead of another.


Issue Date:
2002
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
Record Identifier:
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/36661
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/36661
Total Pages:
20
Series Statement:
Selected Paper of the 2002 Annual Meeting, July 28-31, 2002, Long Beach, California




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