Systems approaches to beef cattle production systems using modeling and simulation
Article first published online: 21 JUL 2010
© 2010 The Author; Journal compilation © 2010 Japanese Society of Animal Science
Animal Science Journal
Volume 81, Issue 4, pages 411–424, August 2010
How to Cite
HIROOKA, H. (2010), Systems approaches to beef cattle production systems using modeling and simulation. Animal Science Journal, 81: 411–424. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-0929.2010.00769.x
- Issue published online: 21 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 21 JUL 2010
- Received 25 September 2009; accepted for publication 3 December 2009.
- beef cattle;
- systems approach
Systems approach techniques have been applied to modeling production systems for beef cattle from the relatively micro-level of tissues and organs to the macro-level of farms and geographical regions. This paper reviews the various types of beef cattle production models already in operation in order to analyze beef cattle production systems and their components. It may be theoretically possible to construct system models which describe such complex production systems and can be generally used in various genetic, nutritional, management and economic situations as well as in training, extension and educational programs. Moreover, the systems approach can assist in the organization of information and identification of knowledge gaps and thereby open an avenue to multi-disciplinary research projects.