This bulletin reports an introductory and descriptive study and contains specific information on selling livestock at auctions. It is the second bulletin on livestock marketing research in the West prepared under the supervision of the Western Livestock Marketing Research Technical Committee.
The principal objectives of this bulletin are stated as follows: ( 1) to trace the development of livestock marketing in the West and to ascertain the economic conditions responsible for shifts in the total volume of production and marketings of the several types of meat animals sold, and the relative importance of the various marketing agencies used by farmers and ranchers over a long period of time; (2) to determine the types of markets and marketing agencies used and the status of auctions in the total structure of livestock marketing; (3) to trace the development of auction markets as a method of selling livestock in the West and the economic conditions which led to their establishment; also, to ascertain the numbers, geographic location, volume, and character of business handled; (4) to ascertain trade territory and methods of transportation used; and (5) to determine the economic effectiveness of auctions as an agency for marketing western livestock.
Abel, Harold and Broadbenl, Dee A., "Bulletin No. 352 - Trade in Western Livestock at Auctions: I. Development Relative Importance Operations" (1952). UAES Bulletins. Paper 311.