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An analysis of feeder cattle price differentials


  • Charles D. Lambert

    (Economics, National Cattlemen's Association, Kansas State University)

  • Mark S. McNulty

    (Department of Statistics, Kansas State University)

  • Orlen C. Grunewald

    (Department of Agricultural Economics. Part of the work on this manuscript was conducted while O. Grunewald was a Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Arizona, Kansas State University)

  • Larry R. Corah

    (Department of Animal Science and Industry, Kansas State University)


A static premium and discount analysis was used to determine whether certain management or marketing practices affect the price of feeder cattle at auction. Data included animal characteristics (sex, weight, muscle, frame, horns, breed, condition, fill, health) and market characteristics (price, lot size, market location, auction sale order). The analysis shows that marketing price can be enhanced by selling heavy muscled, crossbred cattle with either medium or large frame in large (truck-load) size lots. Cattle should carry average fill, an average or slightly fleshy amount of condition, and be dehorned.

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  • Charles D. Lambert & Mark S. McNulty & Orlen C. Grunewald & Larry R. Corah, 1989. "An analysis of feeder cattle price differentials," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 5(1), pages 9-23.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:5:y:1989:i:1:p:9-23
    DOI: 10.1002/1520-6297(198901)5:1<9::AID-AGR2720050103>3.0.CO;2-H

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    1. Faminow, Merle D. & Gum, Russell L., 1986. "Feeder Cattle Price Differentials In Arizona Auction Markets," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 11(2), pages 1-8, December.
    2. Sullivan, Gregory M. & Linton, Daniel A., 1981. "Economic Evaluation of an Alternative Marketing System For Feeder Cattle in Alabama," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 13(2), pages 85-89, December.
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    1. Shane, Richard & Janssen, Larry, 1989. "Pricing Variability of Feeder Cattle, Slaughter Cows and Slaughter Bulls at South Dakota Livestock Auctions," 1989 Annual Meeting, July 9-12, 1989, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 244935, Western Agricultural Economics Association.
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