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Grass-finished beef in the Wyoming market

by Wold, Allison, M.

Abstract

This thesis explores the significant factors affecting the decision of family ranchers to produce grass-finished beef. While the majority of mainstream cattle producers sell cattle to be finished in grain-based supplemental feeding programs, a grass-finished beef market has emerged as an alternative to conventional grain-finished beef production. Among the key determinants of ranchers choosing to produce grass-finished beef are health issues, personal beliefs, the abundance of grass as a natural food source, and the opportunity to establish market leadership. Relying on six case studies of Wyoming ranches producing grass-finished beef, this thesis uses firsthand accounts of cattle market participants to determine how the aforementioned variables impact the benefits, challenges and costs of participation in this niche market.

Note

Bibliography : pages 108-113

Administrative Notes

None

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:6537
Digital Origin
reformatted digital
Extent
123 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps