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Understanding the Market for Holstein Steers


  • Maynard, Leigh J.
  • Meyer, A. Lee
  • Burdine, Kenneth H.


A semi-structured interview process was combined with an econometric analysis to document the newly changed structure of the Holstein sector, to evaluate existing quality perceptions, and to assess the impact that recent changes in production practices have had on prices of Holstein steers. Results suggest that finished Holstein steer prices are driven by many of the same market factors as native steers, overturning some common quality misconceptions. The shift towards the calf-fed production model appears to have greatly affected the market for backgrounded Holstein steers, but had little impact on the prices for light Holstein feeder steers.

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  • Maynard, Leigh J. & Meyer, A. Lee & Burdine, Kenneth H., 2004. "Understanding the Market for Holstein Steers," Staff Papers 31978, University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ukysps:31978
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.31978

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    1. Kastens, Terry L. & Jones, Rodney D. & Schroeder, Ted C., 1998. "Futures-Based Price Forecasts For Agricultural Producers And Businesses," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 23(1), pages 1-14, July.
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    1. Burdine, Kenneth H. & Maynard, Leigh J. & Halich, Greg, "undated". "Factors Affecting Feeder Cattle Prices in the Southeast," 2013 Annual Meeting, February 2-5, 2013, Orlando, Florida 142976, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

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