Title page for ETD etd-09082012-040054
|Type of Document
||Ernst, Robin Tracy
||Virginia feeder cattle basis by season, location, sex, breed, weight and USDA grade differentials
||Master of Science
|Kenyon, David E.
|Bainbridge, Bruce B.
|Purcell, Wayne D.
|Date of Defense
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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