doi: 10.5191/jiaee.1994.01210


This article describes research completed by Mr. Speicher for his Master's thesis under the supervision of Drs. Wilson and Etling. He determined how cattle farmers manage their resources (land, labor, cattle), so that he could evaluate their current practices and make appropriate recommendations for improved practices. As a result of the study he recommended a "silvopastoral" system which included fast growing, shade tolerant grasses, leguminous trees serving as live fences, and rotational grazing. Implementation of this system has great potential to counteract deforestation in areas of the Amazon Basin where cattle ranching is the dominant land use.
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