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Differences in Prices and Price Risk Across Alternative Marketing Arrangements Used in the Fed Cattle Industry

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  • Muth, Mary K.
  • Liu, Yanyan
  • Koontz, Stephen R.
  • Lawrence, John D.

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Information on prices and price risk differences across marketing arrangements aids fed cattle producers in making choices about marketing methods. As part of the congressionally mandated Livestock and Meat Marketing Study, we investigated fed cattle price and price risk differences across marketing arrangements. The analysis uses data representing cattle purchased by 29 large beef packing plants from October 2002 through March 2005. Results indicate that marketing agreements offered the best tradeoff between price level and price risk. Forward contracts had the lowest average yet highly volatile prices. Auction barn prices were higher than other methods but also the most volatile.

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  • Muth, Mary K. & Liu, Yanyan & Koontz, Stephen R. & Lawrence, John D., 2008. "Differences in Prices and Price Risk Across Alternative Marketing Arrangements Used in the Fed Cattle Industry," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 33(01), April.
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    1. Abahana, Zelalem & Diersen, Matthew A. & Li, Jing & Klein, Nicole L., 2010. "Fed Cattle Forward Contract Volume and Basis Relationship," 2010 Annual Meeting, July 25-27, 2010, Denver, Colorado 61150, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. Schulz, Lee L. & Schroeder, Ted C. & Ward, Clement E., 2011. "Trade-Related Policy and Canadian-U.S. Fed Cattle Transactions Basis," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 36(2), August.
    3. Lee, Yoonsuk & Ward, Clement E. & Brorsen, B. Wade, 2010. "Relationships among Prices across Alternative Marketing Arrangements for Fed Cattle and Hogs," 2010 Annual Meeting, February 6-9, 2010, Orlando, Florida 56282, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

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    Keywords

    alternative marketing arrangements; fed cattle; hedonic; price risk; price volatility; prices; Livestock Production/Industries; Marketing; Risk and Uncertainty;

    JEL classification:

    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General

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