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Impact of the Ethanol Boom on Livestock and Dairy Industries: What Are They Going to Eat?


  • Anderson, David
  • Anderson, John D.
  • Sawyer, Jason


Increased demand for corn for ethanol production has helped push grain prices to record levels. This has increased livestock production costs, and producers have responded with changes to production systems. This paper explores the degree to which costs can be mitigated with alternative feeds, the effect this might have on physical performance, and the impact of alternative feeds on the competitive position of different species.

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  • Anderson, David & Anderson, John D. & Sawyer, Jason, 2008. "Impact of the Ethanol Boom on Livestock and Dairy Industries: What Are They Going to Eat?," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 40(2), pages 573-579, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jagaec:v:40:y:2008:i:02:p:573-579_02

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    1. Mallory, Mindy L. & Irwin, Scott H. & Hayes, Dermot J., 2012. "How market efficiency and the theory of storage link corn and ethanol markets," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(6), pages 2157-2166.
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    4. Zhu, Xueqin & Yan, Shiyu & Smeets, Edward & van Berkum, Siemen, 2017. "How to measure greenhouse gas emissions by fuel type for binary sustainability standards: Average or Marginal emissions? An example of fertilizer use and corn ethanol," Discussion Papers 2017/3, Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Business and Management Science.
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    6. Wright, Andrew P. & Mitchell, Donna & Hudson, Darren, 2012. "An Estimation of the Demand for Dried Distiller Grains by the Cattle Feeding Industry: A Combination of Survey Methods and Market Projections," 2012 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2012, Birmingham, Alabama 119947, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
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    • 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


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