Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1965

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Economics

Abstract

Notable changes have occurred in recent years that have produced basic changes in the beef industry. Structural relationships that existed for the producer-feeder are not necessarily significant in the operation of the cow-calf operator or the feed-lot operator. Structural economic models, which also can be used for forecasting, will be developed for the number of beef calves born in the United States and by specific homogeneous regions of production. The economic models will be tested for their ability to forecast the number of beef calves born during specific time periods. There has been a steady upward trend in both beef production and consumption from 1923 to 1963.The price of beef has risen relative to the general price level. The specific objectives of this study are: to determine the beef calf production in the United States by specific homogeneous geographical regions, to develop structural economic models for the number of beef calves born in the United States. The data will be taken from published reports by the United States Department of Agriculture. No accepted criteria were available for the breakdown of geographic areas for the production of beef calves. Therefore, the procedure was largely arbitrary.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Beef cattle
Calves

Description

Includes bibliographical references

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

99

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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