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By Lajpat R. Ahuja, Liwang Ma, Terry A Howell

ISBN-10: 1566705630

ISBN-13: 9781566705639

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APPLICATION OF MODELS — RESEARCH As illustrated by the following examples, there is considerable information supporting a modeling approach to guide the direction of research before committing resources to undertake expensive experiments. 5 5 Jan 1980 1 Jan 1983 4 Jan 1986 7 Jan 1989 4 Jan 1992 7 Jan 1995 Typical output from a GrassGro simulation over 20 years of a ewe-breeding enterprise. The time course data are generated daily and can be quickly interpreted to see if the model output is within realistic bounds.

A graphical interface allows component models to be placed within a structure that visually represents a farm. This visual representation can show any level of detail that is necessary to describe the farm’s operation, and the structure can be modified by simple rearrangement of the components on the graphical interface. Management of the farm is customized through a management script written by the user. This allows, for example, the allocation of different livestock classes to specific paddocks, the scheduling of irrigation, the sale or purchase of livestock, or sowing of a crop.

GrassGro was used to estimate annual gross margins over 20 years for three lambing dates for a self-replacing, fine-wool Merino flock. In the simulations, the flock was stocked at four rates (nine, 12, 15 and 18 ewes/ha) on highly fertile pastures of cocksfoot, annual grass and subterranean clover. These analyses showed that time of lambing in spring had minor effects on lamb mortality, lamb weaning weight and the need for ewe supplements. 11). Increasing the stocking rate from nine to 18 ewes/ha had a large © 2002 by CRC Press LLC impact on profitability, showing that in this environment the primary profit driver was stocking rate rather than lambing date; however, at the highest stocking rate there is greater downside risk associated with August lambing compared to September or October lambing.

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