• Journal Article

Influence of climate factors on spatial distribution of Texas cattle breeds

Citation

Zhang, Y., Hagerman, A. D., & McCarl, B. A. (2013). Influence of climate factors on spatial distribution of Texas cattle breeds. Climatic Change, 118(2), 183-195. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0642-y

Abstract

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