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manager experiences, may be compared with experimental research to gain valuable insight and
develop a more robust approach to understanding and implementing successful grazing
management. Qualitative data collected from our focus group were documented and used to
develop the questionnaire for thorough assessment of whole-ranch management.
A formal survey was conducted to identify grazing management strategies that are
perceived by ranchers to best achieve whole-ranch business objectives and ecosystem enhancing
practices for mid to tall-grass rangelands in the USA. Data collected were used to evaluate
perceptions regarding the effect of planned grazing systems on sustainable agricultural
production in mid to tall-grass rangelands. Surveys addressed issues of sustainability questions
concerning land health; rangeland productivity and economic viability; and quality of life and
Finally, there was a test for non-response bias. This was conducted by sending a second,
but short non-response survey. Especially, of interest was demographic data, to test if non-
respondents were a representative section of the population, or if non-respondents were biased in
one direction or another.
Data were collected and evaluated for statistical methodology. SPSS and R-2.13.0
computer software were used to perform multivariate analysis. Information was reduced to
create indices from perception data. These data was compared with management practice and
with respondent characteristics. Statistical analysis served to identify key variables that are
indicators of perceived sustainable rangeland livestock management.
The overall goal of this research was to identify grazing management strategies that
promote the long-term productivity and ecological health of grazing land as identified from the
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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/m1/19/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .