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On The Choice Between The Stocking Rate And Time In Range Management

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  • Batabyal, Amitrajeet A.
  • Biswas, Basudeb
  • Godfrey, E. Bruce

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A long standing question in range management concerns the relative importance of the stocking rate versus the length of time during which animals graze a particular rangeland. We address this question by analyzing the problem faced by a private rancher who wishes to minimize the long run expected net unit cost (LRENC) from range operations by choosing either the stocking rate or the length of time during which his animals graze his rangeland. We construct a renewal-theoretic model and show that, in general, this rancher's LRENC with an optimally chosen stocking rate is lower than his LRENC with an optimally chosen grazing cycle length.

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  • Batabyal, Amitrajeet A. & Biswas, Basudeb & Godfrey, E. Bruce, 2001. "On The Choice Between The Stocking Rate And Time In Range Management," 2001 Annual meeting, August 5-8, Chicago, IL 20744, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea01:20744
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.20744
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    1. Amit Batabyal & Peter Nijkamp, 2005. "On Container Versus Time Based Inspection Policies in Invasive Species Management," ERSA conference papers ersa05p162, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Rohlin, Shawn M. & Batabyal, Amitrajeet A., 2005. "A theoretical perspective on managed rangelands and irreversible states," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 14(4), pages 487-494.
    3. Quaas, Martin F. & Baumgartner, Stefan & Becker, Christian & Frank, Karin & Muller, Birgit, 2007. "Uncertainty and sustainability in the management of rangelands," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 62(2), pages 251-266, April.
    4. Batabyal, Amitrajeet A., 2000. "An interdisciplinary research agenda for the study of ecological-economic systems in the American West," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 26(2), pages 69-75, June.

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