Selection of Breeding Stock by U.S. Meat Goat Producers

Narayan Nyaupane, Jeffrey Gillespie, Kenneth McMillin, Robert Harrison, Isaac Sitienei

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Using nationwide survey data, we investigate U.S. meat goat producer preferences and willingness to pay for meat goat breeding stock attributes. Discrete choice experiments were employed, and mixed logit and latent class models were used for analysis. Results showed that producers preferred animals that were highly masculine/feminine, had good structure and soundness, and were of the Boer breed, whereas they preferred fewer animals that were older, of Kiko and Spanish breeds, and priced higher. Significant preference heterogeneity was found among the respondents. Larger-scale producers had greater preference for high masculinity/femininity, good structure and soundness, and Boer bucks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-437
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

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  • JEL Classifications Q11
  • Q12
  • Q13
  • Q19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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