Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Animal Husbandry

Major Professor

H.J. Smith

Committee Members

C.S. Hobbs, L.H. Dickson


The feeder pig sales in Cookeville, Tennessee, have established themselves as an important part of the livestock enterprise in the Upper Cumberland area of the state. Farm income from feeder pigs sold in the Cookeville, Tennessee, feeder pig sales has risen from $8,615.00 in 1958 to $193,784.06 in 1963. During this five-year period the number of pigs sold increased from 553 pigs in 1958 to 17,210 pigs in 1963. The number of sales increased from two sales in 1958 to twelve sales in 1963. With the establishment of a regular market outlet for their pigs, swine producers have been able to develop feeder pig producing enterprises on their farms with confidence that they will have a competitive market for their product. Until the organization of feeder pig sales, feeder pig producers were at the mercy of the pig buyer who traveled from farm to farm or at the regular livestock auction market.

Since the beginning of the sales, no organized statistical analysis has been made of the effects of various factors on the price of feeder pigs sold in the sales. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of the following variables on the price of feeder pigs sold in the Cookeville, Tennessee, sales from January, 1961 through December, 1963.

1. Grade

2. Pen size (No. of pigs per pen).

Pen weight (Average).

Month of sale.


It is hoped that conclusions drawn from this study will be helpful to breeders and feeders in planning their respective swine production programs and that this study will contribute information which will be useful in improving existing sales and establishing new feeder pig sales in Tennessee.

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