Management strategies and climate impact change on rangelands Academic Article uri icon


  • A hydrologic-based forage production simulation model (PHYGROW) and a population mixture simulation model (POPMIX) were used respectively to simulate forage production and carrying capacity of a subtropical shrubland complex of over 34 species grazed by various ratios of cattle and goats with a population of indigenous animals (white-tailed deer) over a 20 year simulated weather profile. The Farm Level Income and Policy Simulation Model (FLIPSIM) were used to evaluate and quantify the impacts of alternative management strategies and climate change on grazingland ecosystems. The study was carried out to analyze the feasibility and profitability of a representative cattle goat farm in the South Texas. On average, net cash farm income under 50:50 cattle:goat ratio and climatic conditions falls by as much as 2% relative to 70:30 for the farm studied. Real net worth for the farm declines as much as 9.4% and 16% over the study period under the highest to lowest cattle:goat ratio and, dry to normal climatic conditions, respectively. The modeled results produced useful information showing the socioeconomic consequences for a typical South Texas farm impacted for alternative management strategies and climatic conditions.

published proceedings

  • Pesquisa Agropecuaria Brasileira

author list (cited authors)

  • Neto, J., Conner, J. R., Stuth, J. W., Hamilton, W. T., & Richardson, J. W.

complete list of authors

  • Neto, JDS||Conner, JR||Stuth, JW||Hamilton, WT||Richardson, JW

publication date

  • September 1998