Evaluation of Sustainability of Cattle Raising through the Study of Price Margins Between Marketing Stages
Author: Eleanore V. Ramos and Dustin Adriel V. Sulat
Farmers and livestock/poultry raisers are considered to be the "food producers" in our country. In the ever increasing prices of commodities, we expect that they are also fully compensated so they can continue farming or livestock raising. However, studies on poverty indicate that they are included in households that are considered poor. This study used primary data gathered from farmers and traders in selected Livestock Oksyon Markets for production and post-production cost, and from wholesalers and retailers in selected Metro Manila wet markets for marketing costs. It evaluated the price margins in each marketing stage – production, post production and marketing to determine who among the market players benefit the most on marketing beef. It also evaluated whether cattle raising may be sustainable and its profits be enough to support a family based on the income of the raisers.