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The effect of animal gender on producer marketing behaviour

Scott Fausti (), Matthew Diersen (), Bashir A. Qasmi, Jing Li and Brent Lange

Applied Economics Letters, 2013, vol. 20, issue 2, 180-185

Abstract: Weekly grid market share by volume for slaughter steers is compared with slaughter heifers. Summary statistics indicate average grid market share for steers (42%) is higher relative to heifers (33%). The literature indicates that pregnancy and increased dark cutter incidence associated with heifers relative to steers create additional financial risk when heifers are sold on a grid. Empirical evidence suggests that carcass quality risk is a plausible contributing factor to gender disparity with respect to grid market share.

Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2012.684774

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