Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland Page: 54
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Initially, a preliminary study was conducted in the spring of 2009, designed to help
develop the livestock manager's survey. This questionnaire was developed based on information
reported in current peer-reviewed grazing management articles and range management text
The instrument for this pilot study was focused on land managers in Cooke and
Montague Counties in north Texas, but it was not an attempt to get an all-inclusive list of range
managers in the study area. Instead, this preliminary study was given to range managers that
have a relationship with the researcher or with Texas AgriLife Extension in Cooke County.
Specifically, members of the Cooke County Farm Bureau Board of Directors (17 total), the
Cooke County Beef Cattle Improvement Association Board of Directors (10 total), and select
persons associated with Cooke and Montague County Farm Service Agencies (20 total). This
resulted in polling of 47 individuals. The response rate was 45%, with 21 surveys being
Data were collected in person and through the mail. Surveys were hand delivered. No
formal scientific method or procedure was used for contacting possible respondents to improve
response rate. Instead the response rate was dependent on affiliation of respondents with the
researcher. It is noteworthy that this collection method could skew the data collected. Once
again, a comprehensive scientific study was not the goal of the pilot study. The study was
implemented to improve the quality of the final survey instrument and to formalize some of the
analytic procedures that would ultimately be used. Study population was not random, nothing
more than procedural "practice" and research refinement could be obtain from the data collected.
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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/m1/65/: accessed February 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .