A.S. Series 72-26
The first report dealing with this project appeared in the Cow-Calf Field Day bulletin, August, 1972. That report presented an example to demonstrate the utility of the program for the cow-calf man. The example was based on estimates of performance traits for specific breeds under a particular environment and management situation and on market conditions existing at that time. The management system basic to the program took the weaning calf to 700 pounds in a backgrounding phase and then through a 140-day feedlot phase which was split into a 50-day growing period and a 90-day finishing period. The purpose of this report is to investigate varying certain of the marketing conditions, specifically selling on a retail cut basis rather than a carcass weight basis, and, secondly, eliminating the carcass quality grade as a basis for pricing the carcass. The results should assist the producer in evaluating breeds and crossbreeding systems for the marketing system he thinks will be most commonly used in the future.
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Department of Animal Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Dinkel, C. A. and Dearborn, D. D., "Choosing Breeds and Crossbreeding Systems by Computer" (1972). South Dakota Cattle Feeders Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1972. 11.