Hilgardia
Hilgardia
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U.S.-Mexico production costs compared: At present, livestock production more favorable in Imperial Valley

Authors

Juan N. Guerrero
Nyles Peterson
José Calderón
Alejandro Plasencia
Refugio A. González

Authors Affiliations

J. Guerrero is Farm Advisor in Imperial and Riverside counties; N. Peterson is Farm Advisor, San Bernardino County; J. Calderón is Nutritionist, Institute for Research in Veterinary Sciences of Autonomous University, Baja California; A. Plasencia is Research Scientist, Institute for Research in Veterinary Sciences of Autonomous University, Baja California; R. A. González is County Director, Imperial County.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 45(5):18-21. DOI:10.3733/ca.v045n05p18. September 1991.

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Abstract

Cattle production rates and feed costs are similar in Baja California and Southern California. However, Mexican feedlot and dairy enterprises have higher finance charges and higher total production costs than comparable U.S. enterprises. Assuming current feedlot costs and livestock prices, the most cost-effective system of producing livestock in the Southwest is to maintain the cowherd in Mexico but to feed the calves to slaughter in the Imperial Valley. With current dairy costs and prices, dairy cattle production is more favorable in Southern California than in Baja California.

Guerrero J, Peterson N, Calderón J, Plasencia A, González R. 1991. U.S.-Mexico production costs compared: At present, livestock production more favorable in Imperial Valley. Hilgardia 45(5):18-21. DOI:10.3733/ca.v045n05p18
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