Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland Page: 7
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1. Land manager perceptions of sustainability, based on whole-ranch observations will
center on productivity and profit.
2. Management practices being implemented will vary widely.
3. Land managers will limit implementation of grazing strategies perceived as sustainable
based on labor and cash flow.
4. Rangeland Sustainability will be predicted by grazing management practices, philosophy,
and land owner characteristics.
5. Findings concerning landowner grazing management, via the survey instrument, will
compliment physical, experimental studies, solidifying whole-ranch assessment of
A survey of livestock managers, operating an enterprise consisting of 500 acres or more
of native rangeland, was conducted. Managers in Cooke, Montague, Clay, Jack, Wise, and
Parker Counties in north central Texas were the targeted population. Data collected included:
Demographic data; Personal philosophy on sustainability; Management practices being
implemented; Personal perception of identified components of ecosystem functionality for
respondent ranch; personal perception of economic viability for respondent ranch; Personal
perception of social issues for the respondent ranch.
These data were organized into questionnaires based on a series of strategic processes.
Initially a preliminary study was conducted, especially designed around the livestock managers'
survey. The questionnaire was developed based on information reported in current grazing
management literature and range management text books. Conducting the preliminary study was
beneficial for several reasons. It helped to evaluate the survey instrument for comprehension by
the reader, response rate, duplication, and usefulness of answers. Also, the application of
statistical methods helped to identify interrelationships among the large number of variables.
A focus group was conducted in an effort to fully understand predominant whole-ranch
grazing management perceptions pertaining to economic, social, and ecological outcomes. As
suggested by Briske et al. (2008), this circumstantial evidence, derived from successful grazing
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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/m1/18/: accessed April 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .