Managing water as a Scare Resource in Beef Feedlots
AbstractUsing a bio-economic model, H2OBeef, that includes traditionally considered parameters associated with running a beef feedlot but also incorporates aspects associated with water, changes that can alter water consumption and or price are examined. The results indicate that when water does not incur a cost, the net benefits of the feedlot used as the example in this paper, are in excess of one million dollars (Australian) over a 20 year period. However, with the inclusion of reasonable water costs ($1.20 to around $1.90/kL) and/or slight changes in water use within the feedlot, due to temperature changes from Greenhouse effects, the net benefits can fall to zero. Although water makes up a relatively small proportion of the total feedlot cost, if changes to water demand, supply and/or policy drive up price, then water can play a significant part in determining the economic viability of a feedlot.
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Managing water; beef feedlot; bio-economic model; H20 Beef; water consumption; water price; water; water costs; net benefits; temperature changes; greenhouse effect; water demand; water supply; water police; price; economic viability; Agribusiness; Agricultural and Food Policy; Demand and Price Analysis; Environmental Economics and Policy; Farm Management; Livestock Production/Industries; Production Economics; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy; ISSN 1442-6951;
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