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Live Animal Ultrasound Information as a Decision Tool in Replacement Beef Heifer Programs
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 26 January 2015
Real-time ultrasound information taken on beef heifers prior to backgrounding is used to develop a logit model to aid heifer retention decisions. The value of ultrasound data is calculated as the difference in certainty equivalents between a decision rule incorporating ultrasound information and one using only visual cues. The value of ultrasound data is found to be around $10 per head but is influenced by heifer value and backgrounding costs.
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