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Expected Utility Analysis of Stocker Cattle Ownership Versus Contract Grazing in the Southeast

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  • Anderson, John D.
  • Lacy, Curt
  • Forrest, Charlie S.
  • Little, Randall D.

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Stocker cattle ownership is compared to contract grazing using stochastic simulation. Returns are evaluated for both cattle owners and caretakers in contract grazing agreements. For caretakers, contract grazing is significantly less risky than cattle ownership. Slightly to moderately risk-averse caretakers could be expected to prefer some type of contract grazing to direct ownership of cattle. For cattle owners, contracting reduces risk only slightly while significantly reducing expected returns.

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  • Anderson, John D. & Lacy, Curt & Forrest, Charlie S. & Little, Randall D., 2004. "Expected Utility Analysis of Stocker Cattle Ownership Versus Contract Grazing in the Southeast," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 36(03), December.
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    1. Rama, Eric R. & Lacy, Curt, 2014. "An Economic Analysis of Three Stockering Systems in the Southeastern United States," 2014 Annual Meeting, February 1-4, 2014, Dallas, Texas 162476, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    2. Ruff, Shane P. & Peck, Dannele E. & Bastian, Christopher T. & Cook, Walter E., 2016. "Economics of Transitioning from a Cow-Calf-Yearling Operation to a Stocker Operation," Journal of the ASFMRA, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

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    Keywords

    contracts; expected utility; grazing; stocker calves; Q0; L1;

    JEL classification:

    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance

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