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The Mountain States Lamb Cooperative: Can Vertical Integration Keep Lamb Producers from Being Fleeced?


  • Michael A. Boland
  • Alena Bosse
  • Gary W. Brester


The Mountain States Lamb Cooperative was formed in 2001 to ensure markets for fed lambs. The cooperative partnered with B. Rosen & Sons, Inc., a company with over fifty years of experience in the lamb industry. Together, they market approximately 750,000 lambs per year, or almost 25% of U.S. domestic lamb production. The case is designed for senior- and graduate-level courses in agribusiness management. The case describes how trade and exchange rates affect U.S. lamb industry competitiveness and how a firm's choice of strategy is dictated by global trade issues. Copyright 2007, Oxford University Press.

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  • Michael A. Boland & Alena Bosse & Gary W. Brester, 2007. "The Mountain States Lamb Cooperative: Can Vertical Integration Keep Lamb Producers from Being Fleeced?," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 29(1), pages 157-169.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:29:y:2007:i:1:p:157-169

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    1. Jones, Keithly G., 2004. "Trends in the U.S. Sheep Industry," Agricultural Information Bulletins 33681, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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