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Master of Science (MS)


Economics and Finance


Herbert H. Fullerton


The major purpose of this study was to determine the least- cost method of producing red meat in Kenya. Linear programming was used in the study. A simulated reduction of grazing land available in one of the settlement areas was carried out to indicate what effect this had on the overall regional production pattern of meat in the country.

Kenya was divided into eleven livestock producing and consuming regions. 1979 was used as the base year, and the demand projection was based on the 1979 population. Input and output coefficients, livestock unit requirements, and market prices were developed. A linear programming model was then used to generate the optimal production and marketing of both cattle and small stock .