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The Roles of Labor and Profitability in Choosing a Grazing Strategy for Beef Production in the U.S. Gulf Coast Region

  • Jeffrey M. Gillespie (a1), Wayne Wyatt (a2), Brad Venuto (a3), David Blouin (a4) and Robert Boucher (a1)...

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Comparisons are made concerning labor required and profitability associated with continuous grazing at three stocking rates and rotational grazing at a high stocking rate in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. A unique data set was collected using a time and motion study method to determine labor requirements. Profits are lowest for low stocking rate–continuous grazing and high stocking rate–rotational grazing. Total labor and labor in three specific categories are greater on per acre and/or per cow bases with rotational-grazing than with continuous-grazing strategies. These results help to explain relatively low adoption rates of rotational grazing in the region.

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The Roles of Labor and Profitability in Choosing a Grazing Strategy for Beef Production in the U.S. Gulf Coast Region

  • Jeffrey M. Gillespie (a1), Wayne Wyatt (a2), Brad Venuto (a3), David Blouin (a4) and Robert Boucher (a1)...

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