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AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF GENE MARKER ASSISTED SEEDSTOCK SELECTION IN BEEF CATTLE
Document anglais de l'importance des marqueurs génétiques sur la sélection génétique du boeuf. This study analyzes the economic impact of a recent gene marker innovation for seedstock selection in beef cattle. Gene markers are being developed for many beef cattle attributes; this study focused on the tenderness quality of beef using two categories: tender and tough. The study begins by describing conventional procedures for seedstock selection, the science which underlies selection by gene markers and other non-genetic procedures currently being used to improve beef tenderness. After describing the commercialization of the gene marker innovation, a stylized model of a beef supply chain is constructed. The supply chain consists of a representative consumer, a producer/processor group and a monopolist supplier of the patented technology. Welfare changes resulting from the adoption of the innovation were simula ted using four sets of demand elasticity data from literatures.
Organisation : THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Auteur(s) : DOUGLAS AMIOLEMEN AKHIMIENMHONAN
Date de publication : 01 février 2008