Economic Factors Affecting the Level of Beef Production from Ranching: An Example of Kenya's Cattle Sector

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1993
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Nyariki D.M.
Munei K.
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An econometric method was used to determine the economic factors that influence the level of beef production from ranches in one of the range areas in Kenya. This study also used both cross section and time-series data through pooling& to increase the number of observations for more efficient parameter estimates. Commercial offtake was adopted as a measure of the level of beef output. Regression equations were fitted to the pooled data to estimate various a priori selected parameter. Some of these parameters included beef price beef income md stocking rate. Among the economic (non-biological) f~ influencing offtake prices were found to have a short-run negative effect. However, the long run price response was positive, indicating & that when prices are raised, cattle owners tend to withhold animal to allow for increases in future output; this action leads to higher offtake rates in later years.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 59 (No. 2), p. 163-170
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