The bioeconomic implications of various drought management strategies for a communal cattle herd in the semi-arid savanna of KwaZulu-Natal

  • GP Hatch Dept. of Range and Forest Resources, University of Natal, Private Bag X01, Scottsville, 3209 South Africa. Present address: CSIR Division of Water, Environment and Forest Technology, PO Box 17001, Durban, 4013 South Africa
  • DM Stafford Smith CSIRO National Rangelands Program, P.O. Box 2111, Alice Springs, NT 0871, Australia
Keywords: cattle, domestic stock, drought, drought management, economics, KwaZulu-Natal, management strategy, net present value, savanna, semi-arid, simulation model, South Africa


Outlines a modelling approach to assess the influence of four drought responses on post-drought herd dynamics and productivity in the semi-arid savanna of KwaZulu/Natal. Examines sensitivity of outputs to assumptions about cost inputs. Illustrates with graphs and tables.

Keywords: Drought management strategies; Herd structures; KwaZulu/Natal; Labour costs; Net present values; Simulation modelling; drought; drought management; management strategy; cattle; semi-arid; savanna; south africa; net present value; simulation model; domestic stock; economics

African Journal of Range & Forage Science, Vol. 14, Iss 1, p.17-25

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