In search of optimal stocking regimes in semi-arid grazing lands: one size does not fit all

Campbell, Bruce M., Gordon, Iain J., Luckert, Martin K., Petheram, Lisa, and Vetter, Susanne (2006) In search of optimal stocking regimes in semi-arid grazing lands: one size does not fit all. Ecological Economics, 60 (1). pp. 75-85.

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Abstract

We discuss the search for optimal stocking regimes in semi-arid grazing lands. We argue that 'one size does not fit all' and that different stocking regimes are appropriate under different conditions. This paper is an attempt to move beyond polarization of the current debate towards a more integrative and flexible approach to grazing management. We propose five different conditions as major influences on grazing regimes: environmental variability and predictability; degradation and thresholds; property right regimes; discount rates; and market stability and prices. We suggest a lack of connection between the micro-economics literature and natural science and social-anthropological literature. it is timely to achieve greater integration around some key questions and hypotheses, and recognize that policy prescriptions at national or even regional levels are likely to have limited value due to context specificity.

Item ID: 42525
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6106
Keywords: stocking strategies, grazing, opportunistic stocking, conservative stocking, equilibrium dynamics, rangeland ecology
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2016 07:43
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management @ 50%
14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830399 Livestock Raising not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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