An Alternative Natural Beef Production System: A Differentiation Strategy for California Producers and Packers

Paganini, Ricardo Vernazza

from ARE Update Vol. 8, No. 1, Sept/Oct, 2004

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Abstract

This article demonstrates that a natural beef production system that emphasizes grazing on rangeland and irrigated pastures can be more profitable, given current prices, than the conventional production system that emphasizes grain-fed beef. The article recognizes several impediments to widespread adoption of natural production systems but suggests that such systems may provide niche markets in California for both producers and packers.

Keywords

beef, quality, consumer, natural, market, profit, graze

Citation

Paganini, Ricardo Vernazza. "An Alternative Natural Beef Production System: A Differentiation Strategy for California Producers and Packers." ARE Update 8(1)(2004):9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
http://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2004/8/1/an-alternative-natural-be/