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Developing Monitoring Programs for Livestock Producers
- Rasmussen, G. Allen
- Arid land research and management 2003 v.17 no.4 pp. 479-483
- cost effectiveness, livestock, managers, monitoring, society
- Many official monitoring programs have been developed, but few have been adopted by livestock producers. While these programs have relatively strong support from professionally trained managers, even their implementation is not consistent. New programs must address several important factors if they are going to be used. They must be used to help producers and managers make current decisions relating to their objectives and those broader resource objectives of society. Producers must understand how these broader objectives relate to their specific livestock objectives. These monitoring programs must help make proactive decisions, and be cost effective. Finally attempts must be made to make them flexible to deal with changing objectives that happen over time.