Animal Science, Economics
Journal or Book Title
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics
First Page or Article ID Number
Conventional wisdom and earlier research have concluded that cattle feeding profitability is more determined by feeder and fed cattle prices than by animal performance. This study examined cross-sectional and time-series data from over 1600 pens of cattle in more than 220 feedlots in the upper Midwest where weather and lot conditions are thought to influence feedlot profitability. In addition to input and output prices and animal performance, other factors found to significantly impact cattle feeding profitability were sex, placement weight, facility design, and to a lesser extent placement season.
Southern Agricultural Economics Association
Lawrence, John; Wang, Zhi; and Loy, Dan, "Elements of Cattle Feeding Profitability in Midwest Feedlots" (1999). Economics Publications. 476.