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The Value of Third-Party Certification of Preconditioning Claims at Iowa Feeder Cattle Auctions

  • Bulut, Harun
  • Lawrence, John D.

After controlling a variety of feeder cattle characteristics and market and sale conditions, we estimate the price premiums for preconditioning (vaccinations and minimum 30 days weaning) claims with and without third-party certification (TPC) as $6.15/cwt and $3.40/cwt, respectively, in Iowa feeder cattle auctions. These premiums differ statistically (p-value less than 0.0001) and their difference exceeds the additional participation cost of TPC ($1/cwt) on average. This indicates that the third party certification is valued in the market to credibly signal preconditioning investment under asymmetric information.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 12683.

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Date of creation: 25 Sep 2006
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, December 2007, vol. 39 no. 3, pp. 625-640
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:12683
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