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Estimating Desirable Cattle Traits Using Latent Class and Mixed Logit Models: A Choice Modeling Application to the U.S. Grass-Fed Beef Industry

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  • Sitienei, Isaac
  • Gillespie, Jeffrey
  • Harrison, Robert
  • Scaglia, Guillermo

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This study examines preferences for cattle traits using mixed logit and latent class models. Choice experiment data from a 2013 mail survey of 1,052 U.S. grass-fed beef producers were used. Preliminary results indicate that producers prefer lower-priced, heavy, black, and easy-to-handle feeders backgrounded from their own cows.

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  • Sitienei, Isaac & Gillespie, Jeffrey & Harrison, Robert & Scaglia, Guillermo, 2015. "Estimating Desirable Cattle Traits Using Latent Class and Mixed Logit Models: A Choice Modeling Application to the U.S. Grass-Fed Beef Industry," 2015 Annual Meeting, January 31-February 3, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia 196706, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:saea15:196706
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.196706
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    Farm Management; Livestock Production/Industries; Production Economics; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods;

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