Herding in Ranch Operations: An Analysis of a Search Problem

11 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2002

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Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) - Department of Economics

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Date Written: 2002

Abstract

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, D81

Suggested Citation

Batabyal, Amitrajeet A., Herding in Ranch Operations: An Analysis of a Search Problem (2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=344200 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.344200

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