A Systems Thinking Approach to Ranching: Finding Leverage to Mitigate Drought
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CitationRhoades, R. D., McCuistion, K. C., & Mathis, C. P. (2014). A Systems Thinking Approach to Ranching: Finding Leverage to Mitigate Drought. Rangelands, 36(6), 2-6.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
AbstractOn the Ground • Drought is an adaptive challenge where management strategies and practices that work today might not work tomorrow. Adaptive challenges facing management may require thinking systemically to determine leverage points. • Systems thinking can be an effective way to see the big picture, deal with complex situations, and create effective long-term management alternatives for the ranch. • Successful management alternatives will provide flexibility to protect the core business (i.e., cow herd), be enterprise-diverse to spread risk, and allow management for the good of the whole, not simplyto maximize the pieces. • It is important to evaluate your own ranching system to identify the appropriate enterprises or practices, there is no best mix.