Price Transmission Along the Canadian Beef Supply Chain and the Impact of BSE

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By Bishnu Saha and Verna Mitura (Agriculture Division, Statistics Canada)

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This study investigates the dynamics of price transmission between the Canadian beef markets along the supply chain and the impact of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on prices. Retail price models are estimated for the provinces accounting for the major share of national demand, while farm price models are estimated for the beef cattle producing provinces. A model for the processing level is also estimated with national industrial prices of beef and provincial farm prices of beef cattle.