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Master of Science (MS)


Applied Economics


Darwin B. Nielsen


The purpose of this study was to determine empirically if crossbreeding offers a more profitable alternative to Utah cattlemen than vii straightbreeding. Ranchers practicing breed crossing were interviewed to determine the relative merits of crossbreeding and straightbreeding in the categories of calf crop, weaning weight, sale price, and minor economic factors under ranch conditions. Crossbred and straightbred sale prices \.,ere analyzed utilizing the records of the Smithfield Livestock Auction. Analysis of rancher interview data indicated that crossbred animals exceeded straightbreds in weaning weight and sale price. Crossbreds were further credited with lowering herd disease levels. No generalizations from comparative calf crop were feasible. Analysis of aucti.on data fo und no conclusive evidence of price differentiation between crossbreds and straightbreds.