Decisions based on inadequate information compromise the sustainability of livestock producers

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Animal stocking rate on natural grasslands is a key factor determining livestock system productivity. In Uruguay, scientists Díaz et al. analyzed how beef cattle producers decide on stocking rates, in particular, those exceeding carrying capacity. They showed that management is affected by system configurations, mainly rigidity, poverty and by economic opportunity. They propose a framework to identify barriers and traps as a first step towards increasing the Uruguayan livestock system sustainability.

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