natural beef program, video auction, beef calves
Objective: This study utilized data from Superior Livestock Video Auction to investigate trends in the use of “natural” value-added calf programs.
Study Description: Nine years of data (2010-2018) were evaluated for enrollment trends in all natural programs and non-hormone treated cattle. Multiple regression was used to determine the relative value of calves enrolled in the non-hormone treated cattle program.
The Bottom Line: Price advantages for non-hormone treated calves may not be sufficient to justify not using growth-promoting implants on calves.
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Odde, K. G.; King, M. E.; McCabe, E. D.; Smith, M. J.; Hill, K. L.; Rogers, G. M.; and Fike, K. E.
"Trends in “Natural” Value-Added Calf Programs at Superior Livestock Video Auction,"
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