An Economic Analysis of Genetic Information: Leptin Genotyping in Fed Cattle
AbstractA polymorphism in the leptin gene is associated with fat deposition. Since fed cattle are often priced on a grid that considers yield and quality grades, fat deposition is an important factor in profitability. Using data from 590 crossbred steers and heifers, we simulate carcass traits to various days-on-feed and compute the associated profit under three price grids. Results indicate that leptin genotype does affect value by as much as $48 per head but has little impact on days-on-feed. Given current commercial testing fees of $40-$50 per sample, genotyping of feeder cattle appears to break even at best.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Western Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
Volume (Year): 32 (2007)
Issue (Month): 02 (August)
beef cattle; genetics; leptin genotype; value of information; Livestock Production/Industries;
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- Bullinger, Jared R. & DeVuyst, Eric A. & Bauer, Marc L. & Berg, Paul T. & Larson, Daniel M., 2006. "An Economic Analysis Of Genetic Information: Leptin Genotyping In Fed Cattle," Agribusiness & Applied Economics Report 23599, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
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