Canadian Forest Service Publications
Cattle and wildlife competition for forage: budget versus bioeconomic analysis of public range improvements in British Columbia. 2001. van Kooten, G.C.; Stennes, B.; Bulte, E. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 49(1): 71-86.
Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 20681
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We analyse the gains of public investments in range productivity when cattle compete for forage with wildlife herbivores. Ignoring extra-market values by applying conventional budget analyses leads to wrong conclusions about cattle stocking rates and the overall benefits of public range improvements. This is demonstrated numerically for public forage in British Columbia, where privately profitable cattle stocking rates on newly seeded range exceed those that are socially optimal, perhaps by as much as double depending on the assumptions one makes about marginal preservation benefits. This highlights the importance of applying the correct model to analyse investments in public range.