Herding in Ranch Operations: An Analysis of a Search Problem
Amitrajeet A. Batabyal
Rochester Institute of Technology
Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 177-179, 2003
Herding is an integral part of ranch operations in contemporary times. An aspect of herding that has received scant attention in the literature concerns the pros and cons of searching for livestock animals that have wandered away from a pasture and are hence missing from this pasture. Under what circumstances should a rancher search for these missing animals? We provide the first theoretical analysis of this question. Specifically, we construct and examine a formal model that provides us with conditions under which it makes sense to search for these missing animals and conditions under which it does not.
Keywords: Herding, Optimal Search, Ranch Operation
JEL Classification: Q29, D81Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 3, 2003
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