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Master of Science (MS)


Agricultural Systems Technology and Education


E. Bruce Godfrey


The purpose of this study was to select an area in Utah that was predominantly livestock oriented which used federal lands for livestock grazing, and to develop model ranches exemplifying the typical live-stock operation in the area. These model ranches were then used in a Budget Generator Program (BG) and a Linear Programming framework (LP) to simulate reductions of 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% reductions of BLM land usage. The results were then used to determine income changes, herd size changes, and resource usage in the models as the reductions took place.

The area chosen was Wayne County, Utah because of the dependence of the livestock operators on BLM land for livestock grazing in the winter. Also because the area was predominantly livestock oriented. A group of ranchers from southern Idaho was also included because of their usage of the BLM land in Wayne County.