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The Application Of Simulation Techniques To The Study Of Grazing Systems


  • Wright, A.
  • Dent, J. Barry


Decision making studies in agriculture are often made difficult by the complex and dynamic nature of bio-economic systems. Simulation is one of the newer systems research techniques which as yet has had limited use in farm management research. This paper discusses some methodological aspects of simulation with specific reference to grazing systems. Problems arising in the development and use of simulation models are discussed and the need for inter-disciplinary co-operation to overcome data problems is indicated. One approach to experimentation is illustrated by reference to a model of a sheep grazing system and the problem of cropping for winter grazing. It is concluded that simulation is a potentially useful technique for management-oriented systems research in agriculture.

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  • Wright, A. & Dent, J. Barry, 1969. "The Application Of Simulation Techniques To The Study Of Grazing Systems," Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 13(02), December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ajaeau:23006

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    1. R. W. Conway, 1963. "Some Tactical Problems in Digital Simulation," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 10(1), pages 47-61, October.
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    1. MacAulay, T. G., 1972. "Simulation as an Aid to Decision Making," Working Papers 244697, University of Guelph, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics.
    2. Norton, George W., 1976. "Constraints To Increasing Livestock Production In Less Developed Countries: A Literature Review," Staff Papers 14043, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
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    4. Clark, John & Kumar, Santosh, 1978. "Planning Beef Production: An Application of Dynamic Programming," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 46(03), December.

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