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Packer sorting strategies for fresh pork

Listed author(s):
  • 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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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Agribusiness.

Volume (Year): 11 (1995)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 423-430

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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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