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 Survival Tip:  Don’t forget about water developments to offset the need for hay

Posted on: Sep 26, 2012

A client recently fed 100 tons of hay to cattle at a cost of $15,000.  Based on herd size and class of livestock, those 100 tons represented 6666 animal days worth of feed.

Meanwhile, a nearby pasture containing 7500 animal days worth of high-quality grass stood empty because of inadequate stock water.  This pasture had been paid for long ago, but the hay bill represented an unplanned expense.  Had that $15,000 gone into stock water developments (only a pipeline extension and extra stock tanks are needed in this case), the infrastructure development would have paid for itself in one year.  Then, the pasture would have provided reliable forage for many years to come, thus offsetting the need to feed hay.

Take home lesson:  in dry times, don't forget about developing stock water to get cattle onto standing forage.  When running the figures, you may find infrastructure developments are much less costly than hay.

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