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The Value of Third-Party Certification of Preconditioning Claims at Iowa Feeder Cattle Auctions

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  • Bulut, Harun
  • Lawrence, John D.

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After controlling a variety of feeder cattle characteristics and market and sale conditions in Iowa feeder auctions, the price premiums for preconditioning claims (vaccinations and minimum 30 days of weaning) with and without third-party certification (TPC) are estimated as $6.12/cwt and $3.35/cwt, respectively. These premiums differ statistically (p<0.0001), and their difference exceeds the average participation cost of TPC ($1/cwt). This indicates that TPC is valued in the market to credibly signal preconditioning investment under asymmetric information.

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  • Bulut, Harun & Lawrence, John D., 2007. "The Value of Third-Party Certification of Preconditioning Claims at Iowa Feeder Cattle Auctions," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 39(03), December.
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    Keywords

    asymmetric information; feeder cattle auctions; quality; signalling; third-party certification; Q11; Q12; Q13; C23;

    JEL classification:

    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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