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Packer sorting strategies for fresh pork


  • M. A. Boland

    (USDA National Needs Fellow in Agribusiness and a PhD student in agricultural economics at Purdue University)

  • K. A. Foster

    (Department of Agricultural Economics specializing in production economics and livestock marketing at Purdue University)

  • J. T. Akridge

    (Purdue University Center for Agricultural Business and an Associate Professor in the Purdue Department of Agricultural Economics)


Characteristics of pork packing firms pursuing a competitive strategy of product differentiation are described. Such a strategy requires a consistent, highquality raw material. Three strategies to sort pork carcasses and primal cuts in the packing plant are detailed. A multivariate simulation replicated two distributions (based upon genetics) of hogs that a focus-differentiation packer might purchase: an average industry distribution and a lean, more uniform distribution. The results indicated that the leaner distribution had more loins and hams within the packer's desired weight range which provides an economic incentive to focus-differentiation packers for procuring leaner hogs. © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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  • M. A. Boland & K. A. Foster & J. T. Akridge, 1995. "Packer sorting strategies for fresh pork," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 11(5), pages 423-430.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:11:y:1995:i:5:p:423-430
    DOI: 10.1002/1520-6297(199509/10)11:5<423::AID-AGR2720110505>3.0.CO;2-X

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    1. Stephen G. Sapp & C. Lynn Knipe, 1990. "Japanese consumer preferences for processed pork," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 6(4), pages 387-400.
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    1. Goldsmith, Peter D. & Salvador, Antonio & Knipe, Dar & Kendall, Elaine, 2002. "Structural Change Or Logical Incrementalism? Turbulence In The Global Meat System," 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA 19704, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    2. Brorsen, B. Wade & Akridge, Jay T. & Boland, Michael A. & Mauney, Sean & Forrest, John C., 1998. "Performance Of Alternative Component Pricing Systems For Pork," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 30(02), December.

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