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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1972. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1972, the author. Used by permission.


The purpose of this study is to supply information which will aid in cattle feedlot managerial decision-making. This study will facilitate understanding of the more important variables affecting feedlot profitability. A shortage of information exists concerning cattle feeding profitability and potentials in Nebraska. There is a lack of knowledge about the profitability of various grains used in cattle rations throughout Nebraska. How economical are less-common grains such as barley, rye, and millet? How do the more abundant grains of Nebraska, such as corn, milo, and wheat, compare economically for cattle feeding? How do variables, such as different feeder cattle prices, fed cattle prices, different buying and selling weights, various feeding periods, and percentage capacity utilization, affect the profitability of a cattle feedlot? Feedlot managers need the answers to the above questions in order to make the right decisions. Feedlot managers also need to know which decisions are most crucial in terms of profitability.

Advisor: Michael S. Turner