Title page for ETD etd-09082012-040054


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Ernst, Robin Tracy
URN etd-09082012-040054
Title Virginia feeder cattle basis by season, location, sex, breed, weight and USDA grade differentials
Degree Master of Science
Department Agricultural Economics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kenyon, David E. Committee Chair
Bainbridge, Bruce B. Committee Member
Purcell, Wayne D. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Cattle
Date of Defense 1989-01-05
Availability restricted
Abstract

Explanatory feeder cattle basis models were developed for 16 different Virginia markets by season, futures contract month, weight, lot size, sex, breed and USDA grade differentials. The models are more disaggregated and explain up to 80 percent more of feeder cattle basis variation than any previous research. Since the variables in these explanatory models are all known in advance, these basis models are also predictive. Basis estimates from these models make it possible for a Virginia feeder cattle forward pricing agency to offer forward price and minimum price contracts to small size operators.

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