Economic analysis of beef cattle production has been limited by the inability to fully describe the underlying production process. Except for confined feeding of cattle, beef cattle production is the process of growing cattle who consume forages. The animal and the forage possess attributes of both factors and products of production. The production of forage constitutes one production process, animal growth is another production process, and reproduction by female animals is a third production process. Cattle production involves all three processes in such a manner that each influences the outcome of the other. Each process is itself complex and analysis is further complicated when all three are considered simultaneously.

chapter II|25 pages

Biological Simulation and Its Role in Economic Analysis

ByJames N. Trapp, Odell L. Walker

chapter III|24 pages

Introduction to Simulation of Beef Cattle Production

ByS.C. Denham, T.H. Spreen

chapter IV|38 pages

The Kentucky Beef-Forage Model

ByOtto J. Loewer, Edward M. Smith

chapter V|36 pages

A Discussion of the Dynamic Simulation Model “PASTURE”

ByL.M. Tharel, M.A. Brown, E.M. Smith, C.T. Dougherty

chapter VI|21 pages

Use of the Kentucky Beef-Forage Model in Economic Analysis

ByLucas D. Parsch, Otto J. Loewer, David H. Laughlin

chapter VII|33 pages

The Texas A&M Beef Cattle Simulation Model

ByT.C. Cartwright, P.E. Doren

chapter VIII|33 pages

Economic Analysis of Cattle Systems Using the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Simulation Model

ByGregory Sullivan, Enrique Cappella

chapter IX|12 pages

The Colorado State University Beef Production Model

ByR.M. Bourdon, J.S. Brinks

chapter X|9 pages

A Dynamic Model of Beef Cattle Growth and Composition

ByJames W. Oltjen

chapter XII|5 pages

Administration of Multidisciplinary Research

ByN.P. Thompson, J.M. Davidson