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The Benefits of Mangement Changes in Beef Enterprises on Pastoral Stations in Western Australia

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  • Tozer, Peter R.
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    Aset of simulations were used to estimate the impact of improvements in cattle breeding efficiency and other management factors on gross margins in extensive pastoral systems in Western Australia. The simulations showed that gross margin was an increasing function of breeding rates, but age at first breeding and age at sale of offspring had variable effects on the gross margin of the enterprise. The statistical model illustrated that for a one per cent increase in branding rates, an increase in gross income of $5274 or $2 per adult equivalent was possible. The optimal ages at first breeding and sale of offspring were 20.6 months and 10.8 months respectively. Information generated by the simulation and the statistical model allows management to identify the breakeven value, or limit, of expenditure on changes to the system.

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    Article provided by University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Land and Environment in its journal Australasian Agribusiness Review.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2007)
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:auagre:126083

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    Keywords: Management change; beef enterprise; pastoral stations; Western Australia; simulations; cattle breeding; management factors; gross margins; breeding rates; statistical model; Agribusiness; Farm Management; Livestock Production/Industries; Production Economics; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods; ISSN 1442-6951;

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    1. Musser, Wesley N. & Tew, Bernard V., 1984. "Use Of Biophysical Simulation In Production Economics," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 16(01), July.
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