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Captive supplies and cash market prices for fed cattle: The role of delivery timing incentives

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  • John R. Schroeter

    (Department of Economics, Iowa State University, 260 Heady Hall, Ames, IA 50011-1070. E-mail:

  • Azzeddine Azzam

    (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska, 103E H. C. Filley Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0922., E-mail:

The use of non-cash methods of procuring fed cattle for slaughter has led to concern about the effect of these so-called “captive” supplies on cash market prices. Some empirical evidence suggests that there is a negative short-run relationship between the two: Cash market prices tend to be low in weeks in which captive supply shipments are high. We advance a different perspective on the relationship between captive deliveries and cash prices, arguing that the incentives that influence cattle delivery-scheduling decisions could lead to a negative relationship, not between the contemporaneous levels of captive shipments and price, but between the volume of captive deliveries, on the one hand, and an ex ante expectation of a week-to-week price change, on the other. Econometric testing provides some evidence of this empirical regularity in the cattle procurement activities of four large packing plants in Texas in the mid-1990s. [EconLit citations: Q130, L140.] © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Agribusiness 20: 347-362, 2004.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Agribusiness.

Volume (Year): 20 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 347-362

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Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:20:y:2004:i:3:p:347-362
DOI: 10.1002/agr.20011
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  1. Severin Boreinstein & Andrea Shepard, 1996. "Dynamic Pricing in Retail Gasoline Markets," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 27(3), pages 429-451, Autumn.
  2. Stephen R. Koontz, 1999. "Marketing Agreement Impacts in an Experimental Market for Fed Cattle," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 81(2), pages 347-358.
  3. Azzeddine Azzam, 1998. "Captive Supplies, Market Conduct, and the Open-Market Price," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 80(1), pages 76-83.
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