The Steady State Distribution of Animals in Short Duration Grazing
Posted: 9 Sep 2002
This note addresses the following hitherto unstudied question in rangeland management: What is the steady state distribution of livestock animals for rangelands that are managed using short duration grazing? This paper uses the theory of alternating renewal processes to answer this question and this answer has two desirable features. First, this paper does not assume a specific functional form for the cumulative distribution function of the amount of time that the animals spend in the various paddocks. Second, this paper permits the amount of time spent by the animals in distinct paddocks to be represented by dissimilar cumulative distribution functions.
Keywords: Short Duration Grazing, Steady State Distribution, Paddock, Alternating Renewal Process
JEL Classification: Q20, Q24
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