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dc.contributor.authorYoung, Darin Cliftonen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:38:27Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:38:27Z
dc.date.issued2006-04-27en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05242006-131349en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/33187
dc.description.abstractThe largest agricultural enterprise in the Appalachia region of Virginia is livestock production, particularly beef cow calf operations. However; topography and land holding patterns have resulted in a majority of small farms operating part time on less than 150 acres. These farms, while abundant, are not necessarily profitable. Management intensive grazing has been suggested as an alternative to traditional production practices to increase profitability. A profitability analysis was conducted by comparing a traditional style of cow-calf management where hay was produced on farm with a full machinery complement to a management intensive grazing farm where forages are stockpiled and all hay was purchased on farm, requiring minimal machinery investment. Four farms were simulated using Finpack Farm Management software by utilizing production data from the Virginia Tech Shenandoah Valley Agriculture Research and Extension Center and secondary financial data. The first two farms were listed as having a traditional style of management with hay production and two different stocking rates, 1.75 acres per cow-calf unit and 2.25 acres per cow-calf unit, respectively. Farm 3 and Farm 4 were simulated utilizing management intensive grazing and the two socking rates. It was found that while none of the farms actually show a profit the management intensive farms did outperform the traditional style farms. Farm 3 with the 1.75 acre per cow-calf unit stocking rate was the best performing farm financially. With these findings, beef cow producers will be able to make better management decisions and explore more profitable alternatives.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectCow/Calfen_US
dc.subjectProfitabilityen_US
dc.subjectSimulationen_US
dc.subjectStocking Rateen_US
dc.subjectManagement Intensiveen_US
dc.subjectBeefen_US
dc.titleProfitability Analysis of Forage Based Beef Systems in Appalachiaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentAgricultural and Applied Economicsen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural and Applied Economicsen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWhite, Alex A.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05242006-131349/en_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairGroover, Gordon E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairBosch, Darrell J.en_US
dc.date.sdate2006-05-24en_US
dc.date.rdate2006-07-26
dc.date.adate2006-07-26en_US


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