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dc.contributor.authorKamilaris, C.
dc.contributor.authorDewhurst, R.J.
dc.contributor.authorVosough Ahmadi, B.
dc.contributor.authorCrosson, Paul
dc.contributor.authorAlexander, P.
dc.identifier.citationC. Kamilaris, R.J. Dewhurst, B. Vosough Ahmadi, P. Crosson, P. Alexander, A bio-economic model for cost analysis of alternative management strategies in beef finishing systems, Agricultural Systems, 2020, 180, 102713. doi:
dc.description.abstractGlobal population growth together with rising incomes is increasing the demand for meat-based products. This increases the need to optimize livestock production structures, whilst ensuring viable returns for the farmers. On a global scale, beef producers need tools to assist them to produce more high-quality products whilst maintaining economic efficiency. The Grange Scottish Beef Model (GSBM) was customized to simulate beef finishing enterprises using data from Scottish beef finishing studies, as well as agricultural input and output price datasets. Here we describe the model and its use to determine the cost-effectiveness of alternative current management practices (e.g. forage- and cereal-based finishing) and slaughter ages (i.e. short, medium or long finishing duration). To better understand drivers of profitability in beef finishing systems, several scenarios comparing finishing duration, gender, genetic selection of stock for growth rate or feed efficiency, as well as financial support were tested. There are opportunities for profitable and sustainable beef production in Scotland, for both cereal and forage based systems, particularly when aiming for a younger age profile at slaughtering. By careful choice of finishing systems matched to animal potential, as well as future selection of high performing and feed efficient cattle, beef finishers will be able to enhance performance and increase financial returns.en_US
dc.publisherElsevier BVen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesAgricultural Systems;180
dc.rightsAttribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectBeef production systemsen_US
dc.subjectBio-economic modellingen_US
dc.subjectFinishing stageen_US
dc.subjectEconomic viabilityen_US
dc.titleA bio-economic model for cost analysis of alternative management strategies in beef finishing systemsen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorSRUC PhD studentshipen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorTeagasc Walsh Fellowship Programmeen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorScottish Governmenten_US

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