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A Dynamic Optimisation of Summer/Autumn Feeding Strategies for Wool Production in the Mediterranean Environment of Western Australia


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  • Wang, K.M.
  • Curtis, K.M.S.
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    To counteract declining quantity and poor quality of paddock feed over summer/autumn, farmers in Western Australia must decide how much of which supplement to provide to grazing sheep to optimise the use of supplements. The solution is complicated by the interaction of biological and economic factors and the intertemporal nature of the problem. A dynamic programming approach was used to determine optimal feeding strategies for different starting conditions. Lupin seed was preferred to oats for weaners when paddock feed was abundant, while oats was preferred for weaners and adults when paddock feed was scarce. The optimal feeding rate usually starts low and then gradually increases to higher rates as the autumn break approaches.

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    Article provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its journal Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 60 (1992)
    Issue (Month): 03 (December)

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:remaae:10329

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    Keywords: Livestock Production/Industries;


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    1. Toft, H.I. & O'Hanlon, P.W., 1979. "A Dynamic Programming Model for On-Farm Decision Making in a Drought," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 47(01), April.
    2. R.G. Mauldon & John L. Dillon, 1959. "Droughts, Fodder Reserves And Stocking Rates," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 3(2), pages 45-57, December.
    3. Mauldon, R.G. & Dillon, John L., 1959. "Droughts, Fodder Reserves And Stocking Rates," Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 3(02), December.
    4. Thatcher, L.P. & Lloyd, Alan G., 1975. "Least-Cost Feed Reserve Using Drought Probabilities Derived From A Grazing Model," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 43(03), September.
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