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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1967. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1967, the author. Used by permission.


The production of beef cattle is a major industry in Nebraska with approximately one-fifth of the production in the Sandhills area.

Three problem areas exist in the Sandhills ranch business. The first of these problems is the proper use of resources. The second problem is the lack of current financial information on the cattle ranching business. Last is the problem of determining if economies of size exist in the cattle ranching business.

Objectives of this study are to present the cost, income and investment of typical ranches in the Sandhills area and to analyze the ranch records to provide useful information for decision making.

The study was made from the records of 54 Sandhills ranchers who had participated in a previous study made in 1960. The ranchers produced primarily beef cattle with little or no land under cultivation. The ranchers were selected from a list provided by extension agents in the area. The ranchers were divided into three groups – small, medium and large.

The average number of acres per ranch ranged from 3,240 acres for the small ranches to 12,709 acres for the large ranches. Land leased amounted to approximately 13 percent of the total acres for the small ranches and approximately 30 percent for the medium and large-sized ranches.

Advisor: A. W. Epp