Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland Page: 6
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Information was gathered, via a formal survey instrument, on a large number of variables related
to perceptions of land health, rangeland productivity, economic viability, quality of life, and
cultural experiences from the study group, which was comprised from rangeland scientists in the
north Texas area. The variables were reduced to a set of factors that aid in understanding
motivation concerning implementation of rangeland sustainability practices. The results of these
surveys should be useful for the following reasons:
1. Important indices of critical factors affecting perceptions have been developed
and could be used to develop further models that explain variations in grazing
2. Results can be utilized to develop effective marketing tools to promote the
adoption of grazing management systems that enhance ecosystem sustainability.
3. The results comprehensively inform conflicting viewpoints regarding the benefits
of planned, rotational grazing practices.
Specifically the study attempted to answer the following questions:
1. What are land managers perceptions of sustainable grazing strategies based on whole-
2. What management practices are ranch managers implementing?
3. What are the obstacles for land managers to implement perceived sustainable range
4. How do management practices relate to sustainability measures? 1. Economic; 2.
Social and; 3. Ecological?
5. What is the relationship between rangeland management practices that are perceived
as sustainable and rangeland management practices that are being implemented?
6. Do managers using any particular grazing strategy, identified as contributing to the
sustainability of rangeland, have any identifying characteristics? (e.g. live on their
land, are long term residents, depend on their land for a significant amount of their
total household income, operate livestock enterprises with multiple classes of animals
(e.g. breeding cows, heifers, stokers, small stock, etc) or, operate both livestock and
wildlife enterprises more likely to use rotational grazing systems?)
The questions above have led to the following hypotheses:
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Becker, Wayne. Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland, dissertation, December 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103289/m1/17/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .