Yearling Bull Prices in Small-town Rural Iowa

by Chase Weaver
Economics
Faculty advisor: Dr. Stan Ullerich

Cattle prices in Iowa are affected by a number of different factors. Breed, Birth Weight, Weaning Weight, Average Daily Gain, and the Sire of the calf are key factors Weaver Ranches in Moville, Iowa use to determine the value of the cattle they sell. Using these factors, I will make a decision as to which factors best explain the price of yearling bulls in 2010. I will also examine the differences in prices of bulls that were bought at a set base price compared to the prices of those bulls that were auctioned at variable prices.