Identify influential factors and their relative importance on beef cattle production using modeling and simulation.

Scientific Significance

  • Sensitivity analysis prior to the initiation of field projects

Broader Impacts

  • Devise production system strategies such as 1st calf heifer, sexed sorted semen, mature size, selection of sires

Why is this project relevant?

  • Investigate different production scenarios
  • Assess the most profitable, efficient, and sustainable production strategy

Anticipated Results and Products

  • Factors that affect cattle production:
    • Environment conditions
    • Cow genotype
    • Forage quality
    • Cow mature size
    • Management practices
  • Deliverables:
    • Optimized production system for Yucatan