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Master of Science (MS)


Agricultural Systems Technology and Education


Roice H. Anderson


Utah is historically an agricultural state with many resources adapted to livestock production. The beef and dairy industries in Utah account for 40 and 15 percent respectively of the total receipts received from agricultural marketings (7). Utah's resources are less adapted to poultry production compared to livestock production. Nevertheless, poultry production represents a significant portion of the total agricultural receipts. Production of livestock and poultry have expanded beyond the state's capacity to produce concentrate feed to benefit from economy of scale and to increase farm size through intensification. This feed deficit in Utah must be supplied from sources outside the state. It is estimated that Utah is dependent upon out-of-state sources for approximately 60 percent of the concentrate feed used. With a limited quantity of concentrate feed, livestock and poultry industries can be increased only by increasing the amount of feed procured from other areas. Since Utah is a deficit feed producing area, prices of feeds in Utah are based upon prices in surplus producing areas plus the cost of transferring feeds from these areas.