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Open Cow Replacement Decisions: an Application of Asset Replacement Theory

Gregory A. Ibendahl and John Anderson ()

No 36184, 2001 Annual Meeting, July 8-11, 2001, Logan, Utah from Western Agricultural Economics Association

Abstract: Beef producers must decide what to do with a cow that fails to conceive during the breeding season. Keeping the open cow results in a years expenses without any revenue. Replacing the open cow with a bred heifer provides immediate revenue although it will take a few years before the heifer reaches peak productivity. A net present value framework is employed to examine this decision. The problem is unique because the open cow and the replacement heifer have different life spans. Finding a common timeframe is impossible since both alternatives will eventually employ replacement heifers if a long enough time frame is considered.

Keywords: Livestock; Production/Industries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19
Date: 2001
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.36184

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