Title page for ETD etd-03302005-194456

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Claus, Lora Hamerschlag
URN etd-03302005-194456
Title Proft Maximizing Hedging Strategies for Managers and Members of Vertical Beef Alliances
Degree Master of Science
Department Agricultural and Applied Economics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Purcell, Wayne D. Committee Chair
Kenyon, David E. Committee Member
Reaves, Dixie Watts Committee Member
  • moving average
  • cattle
  • risk
  • hedging
  • alliance
Date of Defense 2003-02-14
Availability unrestricted
Vertical alliances are an increasingly common form of organization for participants in the beef industry. The implications of combining feeding and packing margins into one alliance are investigated. Moving average based selective hedging strategies are used to hedge the major inputs and outputs for cattle owners and packers to improve the level of mean revenue to the alliance. The success of the hedging program is evaluated from mean-variance and cash-flow perspectives.
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