Pasture and Range Management, 2005 - present

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    Stocking Rate: The Most Important Tool in the Toolbox
    (University of Hawaii, 2007-06) Thorne, Mark ; Stevenson, M.H.
    Evaluating forage production and nutrient conditions relevant to managing stocking rate is described, and an example of estimating stocking rate is given.
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    Management of Production Risk for Hawai'i Ranchers
    (University of Hawaii, 2009-03) Thorne, Mark S. ; Cox, Linda J. ; Fukumoto, Glen K.
    Sources of risk in raising livestock can be mitigated by development plans for grazing management, drought, biosecurity, weed management, and pasture and livestock pests.
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    Fireweed Control: An Adaptive Management Approach
    (University of Hawaii, 2005-10) Thorne, Mark S. ; Powley, John S. ; Fukumoto, Glen K.
    Established in the early 1980s, this weed has become widespread on Maui and Hawaii. Pyrrolizidine alkaloid poisoning of animals results from its consumption. Analysis of alkaloid components in weed samples is given. Weed management techniques and their uses and limitations are reviewed. Adaptive management, a cycle of steps or events that facilitates planning, implementation of actions, monitoring of outcomes, and making adjustments to changing situations, is described.
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    Foraging Behavior and Grazing Management Planning
    (University of Hawaii, 2007-01) Thorne, Mark S. ; Fukumoto, Glen K. ; Stevenson, M.H.
    Factors affecting foraging behavior, their adjustment, and range improvement are important components of a range management plan.
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    Calculating Minimum Grazing Lease Rates for Hawai'i
    (University of Hawaii, 2007-06) Thorne, Mark ; Cox, Linda J. ; Stevenson, M.H.
    The establishment of a minimum grazing lease rate in Hawai‘i is important for several reasons. First, it provides a means to adjust lease rate values according to fluctuations in livestock markets, or the rancher’s ability to pay, and agricultural land use values. Second, it provides a statewide standard that can easily be applied by state, federal, and private land management entities, and this will help to eliminate the large discrepancies that currently exist in statewide lease rates. Third, a minimum grazing lease rate provides a means for ranchers and land management entities to objectively determine the value of the land unit for grazing and the value of grazing for that land unit. Ranchers have a greater incentive to pay a higher lease rate if more services are provided or if the quality of the grazing unit is higher. On the other hand, land management entities must make decisions about the overall management of the land unit. They are more likely to choose grazing as a land management practice if the price or the services they receive provides a greater benefit than other alternative means of management. Calculation examples and a worksheet are provided.