Influence of climate factors on spatial distribution of Texas cattle breeds
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This paper investigates the spatial distribution of cattle breeders in Texas to quantify how climate factors influence cattle breed selection. A multivariate probit model is employed to examine the county-level binary choices of Bos taurus, Bos indicus and composite breeds derived from cattle breed association membership data. The estimation results suggest that summer heat stress is a significant factor for breed selection: positive for Bos indicus and negative for Bos taurus and composite breeds, with the average marginal effects on breed membership probability being 9. 7 %, -26. 5 % and -7. 9 %, respectively. The intensity of the summer heat impacts can lead to noteworthy changes in spatial distributions of Texas cattle breeds in the event of climate change. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
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Zhang, Y. W., Hagerman, A. D., & McCarl, B. A.