Simulation models are increasingly used in animal research both independently and in conjunction with experimental research. This paper describes the potential uses of models within research programmes and categorises research into three main types, component research, systems research and management research. The contribution of models to component research into lactation, growth, wool growth and feed intake is reviewed. It is suggested that the concepts and data concerning interactions within the pastoral livestock system are now sufficient for a comprehensive modelling analysis of this system to be undertaken. The potential use of production systems models in management research is illustrated through the analysis of farm management factors affecting production and returns from fine wool using a pastoral sheep farm simulation model.
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 54, , 403-412, 1994
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