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Cow-Calf Producer Risk Preference Impacts on Retained Ownership Strategies

  • Pope, Kelsey Frasier
  • Schroeder, Ted C.
  • Langemeier, Michael R.
  • Herbel, Kevin L.

Considerable efforts have been made to provide cow-calf producers with information to help them make informed decisions about adding value to calves. Despite demonstrated market incentives to retain calves, many producers still sell right after weaning. We postulate this observed behavior is related to producer risk aversion. Our study concludes risk aversion is an important factor affecting calf retention as the most risk-averse producers have more than a 60% probability of selling calves at weaning and the most risk tolerant have less than a 20% probability of selling at weaning.

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Article provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 43 (2011)
Issue (Month): 04 (November)

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