Quantifying the profit in crossbreeding beef cattle species

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2019-05
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Birney, Cole
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Krishnan, Krishna K.
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Beef cattle are an important part of everyday life for many Americans. This is why it is important that beef cattle producers are able to maximize their profits. One way they can do that is by using the proper crossbreed. The proper crossbreed allows for the beef producer to still sell a large animal to bring in a large amount of revenue while keeping feed prices as low as possible. Using the equations from this thesis the optimal breed to cross with the Angus was found. While Charolais did produce the best results on average, it did not produce a statistically different answer from some of the other breeds. This means that the Charolais-Angus cross one average produces the most profit, however due to variations in weight and other factors this may not always be the case. To sum up, a methodology has been developed to find the crossbreed using the Angus that maximizes profit.

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Thesis (M.S.)-- Wichita State University, College of Engineering, Dept. of Industrial, Systems, and Manufacturing Engineering
This thesis is embargoed till the end of August 2020.
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