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The Impact of Land Fragmentation on Beef Cattle Inventory


  • Mervish, Philip
  • Anderson, David P.
  • Richardson, James W.
  • Outlaw, Joe L.


Many groups have discussed with alarm the impact of agricultural land conversion to non-agricultural uses. This research indicates little evidence that beef cow inventory has been negatively affected by land fragmentation. Average acres per transaction, total transactions, or a fragmentation index did not have an important effect on cattle inventory.

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  • Mervish, Philip & Anderson, David P. & Richardson, James W. & Outlaw, Joe L., 2008. "The Impact of Land Fragmentation on Beef Cattle Inventory," 2008 Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2008, Dallas, Texas 6816, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:saeaed:6816

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    1. Randal R. Rucker & Oscar R. Burt & Jeffrey T. LaFrance, 1984. "An Econometric Model of Cattle Inventories," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 66(2), pages 131-144.
    2. John M. Marsh, 1999. "The Effects of Breeding Stock Productivity on the U.S. Beef Cattle Cycle," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 81(2), pages 335-346.
    3. Thomas J. Nechyba & Randall P. Walsh, 2004. "Urban Sprawl," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 18(4), pages 177-200, Fall.
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    1. Neal, Kalyn & Doye, Damona G. & Brorsen, B. Wade, 2012. "Fragmentation of Agricultural Land Parcels," 2012 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2012, Birmingham, Alabama 119774, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

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