How do herders do well? Profitability potential of livestock grazing in Inner Mongolia, China, across ecosystem types

Ping Li, Joleen C Hadrich, Brian E. Robinson, Yulu Hou, Yating Dai, Xiangyang Hou

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Abstract

Livestock production has increased in Inner Mongolia, China, despite widespread documentation of grassland degradation. To begin investigating the relationship that produces these trends, we studied farm-level decisions of herder households. We estimated economic enterprise budgets for 15 counties in Inner Mongolia across five ecosystems in 2009 and 2014 by using household survey data. Six counties decreased livestock stocking rates and had improved profit over time. The remaining counties increased their stocking rates over the period studied and profit decreased for all but one county. Livestock operators who reported negative profit over the 5 years were located across ecosystem types and reported a large number of weather shocks that affected grassland availability. Removing the opportunity cost of land and labour from the economic enterprise budgets resulted in a positive profit for all counties, which may explain why herders continue to increase stocking rates with decreased grassland availability over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-90
Number of pages14
JournalRangeland Journal
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Keywords

  • financial
  • grazing
  • semi-arid area

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How do herders do well? Profitability potential of livestock grazing in Inner Mongolia, China, across ecosystem types. / Li, Ping; Hadrich, Joleen C; Robinson, Brian E.; Hou, Yulu; Dai, Yating; Hou, Xiangyang.

In: Rangeland Journal, Vol. 40, No. 1, 01.01.2018, p. 77-90.

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Li, Ping ; Hadrich, Joleen C ; Robinson, Brian E. ; Hou, Yulu ; Dai, Yating ; Hou, Xiangyang. / How do herders do well? Profitability potential of livestock grazing in Inner Mongolia, China, across ecosystem types. In: Rangeland Journal. 2018 ; Vol. 40, No. 1. pp. 77-90.
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