n South African Journal of Agricultural Extension - An analysis of perceived prominent decision making areas in commercial Springbuck () production decision making

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0301-603X
  • E-ISSN: 2413-3221


The development of the highly individualistic commercial springbuck () production systems and the resulting growth in the commercial value of the springbuck has opened a new realm of game management decision making. These relatively undomesticated production systems demand sophisticated technical and preference decisions in an effort to reconcile ecological, commercial and management principles and practices into efficient production units.

This paper endeavours to identify and define the relative prominence of different decision making areas in commercial springbuck production decision making, using qualitative and quantitative techniques associated with phenomenological studies. Overall indications are that a clear understanding exists that different challenges (of achieving perceived optimum efficiency) attract different sets of decisions.
The array of decision making areas subjectively associated with the achievement of perceived optimum efficiency suggests the complexity of the decision making process in commercial springbuck production systems. A major need for research and information generation and distribution (extension) concerning the effects of herd structure and management on commercial springbuck production is identified.
The development of instruments to assess the interrelationships of perceptions and decisions has therefore become of the utmost importance to ensure purposeful delivery of services and information to a highly competitive and diversified industry.

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