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Cost and Benefit Analysis of a Preconditioning Feeder Calf Program


  • Donnell, Jeri
  • Ward, Clement E.


Objectives were twofold: Determine key factors influencing preconditioning cost and returns; and determine the premium for age and source verified, preconditioned calves sold at a public livestock market. Data provided by the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation show preconditioning returns depend significantly on number of days preconditioned, average daily gain, and cost of vaccinations, hay, feed, and mineral. Noble Foundation cooperators received a premium for age and source verified, preconditioned feeder cattle when sold at market. Significant coefficients averaged across five sales conclude that Noble Foundation management practices receive a $2.49/cwt premium when compared to all other cattle sold at market.

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  • Donnell, Jeri & Ward, Clement E., 2008. "Cost and Benefit Analysis of a Preconditioning Feeder Calf Program," 2008 Annual Meeting, June 23-24, 2008, Big Sky, Montana 42303, Western Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:waeabi:42303

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    1. Hardin, Dan & Saghaian, Sayed, 2014. "Factors that Affect Seasonality in Kentucky Feeder Calf Prices and How Calving Dates Affect Cow-Calf Enterprise Profitability," 2014 Annual Meeting, February 1-4, 2014, Dallas, Texas 162495, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    2. 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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    Cattle; calves; preconditioning; prices; costs; age and source verification; Marketing;

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