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Structural Change In U.S. Chicken And Turkey Slaughter

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  • Ollinger, Michael
  • MacDonald, James M.
  • Madison, Milton

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Cost function analyses using data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census reveal substantial scale economies in chicken and turkey slaughter. These economies show no evidence of diminishing as plant size increases, are much greater than those realized in cattle and hog slaughter, and have resulted in a huge increase in plant size over the 1972-92 period. The findings also suggest that consolidation in the chicken and turkey slaughter industry is likely to continue, particularly if the growth in the demand for poultry diminishes.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Agricultural Economics Reports with number 34049.

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Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uerser:34049

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Keywords: chicken slaughter; turkey slaughter; production costs; structural change; Livestock Production/Industries;

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  1. Knoeber, Charles R, 1989. "A Real Game of Chicken: Contracts, Tournaments, and the Production of Broilers," Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 5(2), pages 271-92, Fall.
  2. James M. MacDonald & Michael E. Ollinger & Kenneth E. Nelson & Charles R. Handy, 1996. "Structural Change in Meat Industries: Implications for Food Safety Regulation," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 78(3), pages 780-785.
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  1. MacDonald, James M. & Ollinger, Michael & Nelson, Kenneth E. & Handy, Charles R., 2000. "Consolidation In U.S. Meatpacking," Agricultural Economics Reports 34021, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  2. Ollinger, Michael & Nguyen, Sang V. & Blayney, Donald P. & Chambers, William & Nelson, Kenneth B., 2005. "Structural Change in the Meat, Poultry, Dairy and Grain Processing Industries," Economic Research Report 7217, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  3. Chang, Hui-Shung, 2. "Overview of the World Broiler Industry: Implications for the Philippines," Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), vol. 4(2).
  4. Ollinger, Michael & Nguyen, Sang V. & Blayney, Donald P. & Chambers, William & Nelson, Kenneth B., 2006. "Food Industry Mergers and Acquisitions Lead to Higher Labor Productivity," Economic Research Report 7246, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  5. Hui-Shung (Christie) Chang, 2007. "An Overview of the World Broiler Industry: Implications for the Philippines," Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, vol. 4(2), pages 67-82, December.
  6. Lee, Chinkook & Schluter, Gerald E., 2001. "Consolidation, Economies Of Scale, And The Heckshcer-Ohlin Theory Of Trade - An Empirical Analysis Of Us Meat Processing Industry," International Trade in Livestock Products Symposium, January 18-19, 2001, Auckland, New Zealand 14559, International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium.
  7. William E. Nganje & Mounir Siaplay & Simeon Kaitibie & Emmanuel T. Acquah, 2006. "Predicting food safety losses in turkey processing and the economic incentives of hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) intervention," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 22(4), pages 475-489.
  8. Rude, James & Fulton, Murray E., 2002. "Concentration And Market Power In Canadian Agribusiness," Structural Change as a Source of Trade Disputes Under NAFTA; Proceedings of the 7th Agricultural and Food Policy Systems Information Workshop - 2001 16873, Farm Foundation, Agricultural and Food Policy Systems Information Workshops.
  9. Ollinger, Michael & Mueller, Valerie, 2003. "Managing For Safer Food: The Economics Of Sanitation And Process Controls In Meat And Poultry Plants," Agricultural Economics Reports 33975, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  10. Schluter, Gerald E. & Lee, Chinkook, 2004. "Is There a Link between the Changing Skills of Labor Used in U.S. Processed Food Trade and Rural Employment?," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 36(03), December.
  11. Ollinger, Michael & Ralston, Katherine L. & Guthrie, Joanne F., 2011. "School Breakfast and Lunch Costs: Are There Economies of Scale?," 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 103191, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  12. Sang V. Nguyen & Michael Ollinger, 2009. "Mergers and acquisitions, employment, wages, and plant closures in the U.S. meat product industries," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 25(1), pages 70-89.
  13. Aguero, Jorge M. & Gould, Brian W., 2004. "Structural Change In U.S. Cheese Manufacturing: A Translog Cost Analysis Of A Panel Of Cheese Plants," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20274, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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