GENERAL CATTLE PRODUCTION SYSTEMS-MODEL .1. STRUCTURE OF THE MODEL
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A deterministic model for simulating beef cattle production under a wide range of management schemes and environments with cattle differing widely in genotypes for size, growth and milk production is described. In the model, genotypes are specified as production potentials, which are reached only if past and present planes of nutrition are adequate. Intake of forage and/or other feed is simulated as a function of the size and physiological status of the animals and the availability, digestibility and crude protein content of the feed. Animal performance is calculated from the nutrient intake and the animals' condition (fatness), degree of maturity and genetic potential. The model has been used for simulating beef cattle production under several widely differing sets of environmental and management conditions in Guyana, Colombia, Venezuela, Botswana, Texas and Mid-western United States and for simulating dairy-beef production systems in Colombia, Tanzania and Botswana. Results of simulations of existing conditions have coincided rather closely with actual production levels. 1979.
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SANDERS, J. O., & CARTWRIGHT, T. C.
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SANDERS, JO||CARTWRIGHT, TC