Speculation often arises among ranchers that an increase in size of operation, a change from one type of system to another, or a modification of the present type of system may be profitable. This speculation is caused by cost and price changes which reduce net returns and make other types of operations appear to be more profitable. The objective of this study is to develop cost and return estimates of common types of cattle ranching systems and thereby determine whether such speculation is well founded.
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South Dakota State University
Cornelius, Grant L., "Comparison of Alternative Beef Cattle Systems for Western South Dakota Ranches" (1964). Agricultural Experiment Station Agricultural Economics Pamphlets. 129.