Death loss in feedlot cattle can have significant impacts on feedlot profitability. Not only does death loss result in foregone revenue, but the operation still incurs the costs to date associated with those animals. This study uses pen-level feedlot data from a private feed-lot in the Southern Great Plains. Both company- owned and customer retained ownership cattle are included in the data set. A Tobit model is used to analyze pen characteristics’ influence on death loss in feedlot cattle, including cattle characteristics, source characteristics, management characteristics, and treatment incidence. Results imply that several pen characteristics impact death loss and that cattle source, in terms of both cattle source geographic location and market source type, has a significant influence on death loss rate.
Buda, Mark; Raper, Kellie Curry; Riley, John Michael; and Peel, Derrell S.
"Determinants of Feedlot Cattle Death Loss Rates,"
Journal of Applied Farm Economics: Vol. 3
Available at: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jafe/vol3/iss2/1