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Returns To Sorting And Market Timing Of Animals Within Pens Of Fed Cattle

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  • Koontz, Stephen R.
  • Hoag, Dana L.
  • Walker, Jodine L.
  • Brethour, John R.

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This research examines returns to cattle feeding operations that sort animals prior to marketing using ultrasound technology. The returns to sorting are between $11 and $25 per head depending on the number of groups the pens into which cattle can be sorted. Sorting faces declining returns. These returns can also be viewed as the costs imposed by institutional constraints that limit co-mingling of cattle. Through sorting, cattle feeding operations are able to reduce meat quality discounts, increase meat quality premiums, increase beef carcass quality characteristics, more efficiently use feed resources, and increase profits.

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  • Koontz, Stephen R. & Hoag, Dana L. & Walker, Jodine L. & Brethour, John R., 2000. "Returns To Sorting And Market Timing Of Animals Within Pens Of Fed Cattle," 2000 Annual Meeting, June 29-July 1, 2000, Vancouver, British Columbia 36499, Western Agricultural Economics Association.
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    1. Dillon M. Feuz & Scott W. Fausti & John J. Wagner, 1993. "Analysis of the efficiency of four marketing methods for slaughter cattle," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 9(5), pages 453-463.
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    1. Parcell, Joseph L. & Franken, Jason R.V. & Schafer, Daniel & Patterson, David J. & John, Mike & Kerley, Monty S. & Haden, Kent, 2011. "Coordinating Sire Genetics in a Synchronized AI Program," Journal of the ASFMRA, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
    2. Parcell, Joseph L. & Schaefer, Daniel & Patterson, David J. & John, Mike & Kerley, Monty S. & Haden, Kent, 2008. "Assessing the Value of Coordinated Sire Genetics in a Synchronized AI Program," 2008 Conference, April 21-22, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri 37618, NCCC-134 Conference on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management.
    3. Janzen, Matthew & Coatney, Kalyn & Rivera, Daniel & Harri, Ardian & Busby, Darrell & Groves, Matt, "undated". "Fed Cattle Marketing: A Field Experiment," 2017 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2017, Mobile, Alabama 252844, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

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