Date of Award:

5-1989

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Applied Economics

Department name when degree awarded

Economics

Committee Chair(s)

Donald L. Snyder

Committee

Donald L. Snyder

Committee

E. Bruce Godfrey

Committee

Darwin B. Nielsen

Committee

Norris Stenquist

Abstract

The main goals of this study are to: 1) identify the influence of various breeds, feeds, and hormone additives on the final weight or the rate of gain of feeder cattle; 2) determine the physical relationships among breeds, feeds, hormone additives, and other variables; and 3) estimate the costs and benefits associated with alternative feed and/or hormone additives and other variables to determine whether the benefits of using different breeds, feeds, and hormone additives exceed the costs. The linear mode l was initially chosen and showed that Rumensin additive and Angus and Simmental cross breeds were not significant on the basis of T test . The estimation , after excluding the nonsignificant variables , showed t hat Bovatec additive's impact on the total weight out was statistically negative and significant. Ralgro and Compudose hormones affected positively, and t hey were statistically significant , likewise breed (Tarantaise) affected positively on the tot al weight out and was statistically significant on the basis of T test.

The cost-benefit analyses explained that the values of the contribution of hormones Ralgro, Compudose and Tarantaise breed were exceed the cost of providing implants .

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