Ranch Advisory Welcomes Domenech

Posted on: Jun 16, 2017

Elizabeth Domenech recently joined the Ranch Advisory team as the Manger of Ecosystem Services.  Originally from a Texas ranching family, Domenech has worked across the west on a variety of ranching and wildlife-related conservation efforts, including fence design, coordinating predator/livestock…

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Stewardship Alliance of Northeast Elko (Nevada) has position open.

Posted on: Jun 01, 2017

The Stewardship Alliance of Northeast Elko (SANE), a local area working group in NE Nevada, is seeking an Organizational Coordinator who is highly motivated and passionate about enhancing healthy and resilient sagebrush ecosystems through public/private partnerships while preserving livestock operations…

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Gallatin Valley Land Trust Seeks Lands Project Manager

Posted on: May 01, 2017

The Lands Project Manager develops and manages land conservation projects throughout GVLT’s service area and plays an important role in achieving GVLT’s land conservation mission. The Project Manager is responsible for building effective working relationships, and negotiating and completing complex…

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Sieben Live Stock Seeks a Mechanic and Farm Hand

Posted on: May 01, 2017

Sieben Live Stock Co. in west central Montana is offering a full-time position for a mechanic and farm hand.  See the position announcement here. 

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Drought management:  How long can you hang on?

Posted on: Sep 26, 2012

When managing livestock during a drought, it is important to consider forage reserves.  Ranchers should set aside some forage to serve as backup in case grazed pastures run short.  Often, poor pasture planning leads to crisis management, where destocking must occur, resulting in lost revenue and unplanned expenses.  Ensure that adequate pasture forage is set aside in reserve to provide adequate decision-making time.

How do you create a reserve?

The question is not, "How many acres do you have in reserve?"  Rather, a better question is, "How long can you hang on?"  When considering forage reserves, consider time versus acres.  Instead of setting aside a certain number of acres, set aside grazing days as your means of survival.  Do you need 14 days of pasture in reserve?  30 days?  150 days?  Each ranch will be different, so no prescribed answer exists to this question.  The take home message: It is important to have a certain number of grazing days in reserve in case your planned pastures run short of forage.

See here for calculating animal days of forage in pastures.

Next week, we'll discuss creating forage reserves in specific pastures versus scattering reserve forage through multiple pastures.

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