Date of Award
Master of Science
J. B. McLaren
Haley M. Jamison, Robert S. Dotson
Records of 988 lots of steers and heifers sold in the Nashville Area Demonstrational Feeder Calf Sales held each fall from 1961 through 1969 were studied to determine the effects of grade, sex, pen size, and the average weight per pen on the prices received per hundredweight and per head for feeder calves sold. Choice calves sold for an average of $2.51 per hundredweight more than the medium grade calves. The choice calves sold also for an average of $1.12 per hundredweight more than the calves grading good. Calves in the medium grade sold for an average of $1.39 less per hundredweight than good calves. Choice calvAs sold for $12.06 more per head than the medium grade calves. The choice calves sold also for $5.40 more per head than calves grading good. Steer calves sold for significantly (P < .01) higher prices than did heifer calves. On the average, steer calves sold for $4.05 and $17.54 more per hundredweight and per head, respectively, than did heifers of a comparable grade. These data indicate that calves in pen sizes 81-90 sold for more per hundredweight and more per head than calves in any other pen size group. However, the differences were not significant. When the price received per hundredweight was regressed on the average weight per pen, all other sources of variation held constant; data indicated that as average weight per pen increased the price received per hundredweight decreased. When the price received per head was regressed on the average weight per pen, within the range of these data, as average weight per pen increased, so did the average price received per head. The estimates of these parameters indicate that factors affecting the price received for feeder calves in the Nashville Area Demonstrational Feeder Calf Sale were similar to those described in other studies involving feeder calf sale data in the Southeast.
Willhite, James Edwin, "Effects of selected variables on prices received for calves in the Nashville Demonstrational Feeder Calf Sales. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 1971.