A decision making model for stable beef production in arid environments

Author: I. du Plessis and C. van der Waal
Year: 2004
Issue: 1
Volume: 5
Page: 39 - 44

Agricultural activities are depicted as highly dependent on weather conditions. The need to employ risk management strategies is emphasized leading to the aim of the paper stating that a basic qualitative decision making model should be adopted to ensure timely adjustments to weather conditions. Factors affecting production are discussed. Two models adapted to an arid environment as well as their practical application in an actual production scenario are discussed. It is concluded that the incorporation of pro-active decision making models into the management plan contributes towards the stabilization of the production system, while also protecting the grazing resources.

Keywords: extensive farming, grazing management, monitoring, Risk management, weather conditions
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