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Carcass Quality and Genetic Selection in the Beef Industry

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  • Vanek, Joseph K.
  • Watts, Myles J.
  • Brester, Gary W.

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A lack of high-quality beef has been cited as one of the primary factors for the 50% decline in beef demand from the mid-1970s to the last 1990s. Cattle producers argue that appropriate price premiums are not sufficient to encourage the production of high-quality cattle. Although some improvement in carcass quality can be made by the cattle feeding and processing sectors, substantial improvements in quality must include genetic progress. A hedonic analysis of four major U.S. beef seedstock producers indicates that bull purchasers place relatively high values on a bull’s ability to produce progeny with improved carcass-quality traits.

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  • Vanek, Joseph K. & Watts, Myles J. & Brester, Gary W., 2008. "Carcass Quality and Genetic Selection in the Beef Industry," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 33(3), December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:46562
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    1. Lambert, David K., 2008. "The expected utility of genetic information in beef cattle production," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 99(1), pages 44-52, December.
    2. Siebert, John W. & Jones, Clay, 2013. "A Case Study on Building the Certified Angus Beef® Brand," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA), vol. 16(3).

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