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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Good grazing management on Wyoming ranch improves pasture performance

Posted on: Jun 21, 2013

Ready for a quiz?

The photos below were both taken from the same spot on a Wyoming ranch, but a few years apart.  One of them shows the site in a year in which precipitation was 123% of the area's average, while the other was 53% of the area's average.  Which is which?




Answer:  The photo on the left was taken in 2007, a wet year in this area, while the photo on the right was taken in 2012, a dry year.  If you look closely, you can probably see that the photo on the left shows better plant vigor and vegetative growth on the right.  But the point is:  you have to look closely. 


Something happened between these two years that greatly improved rangeland health in this area.  That something was greatly altered grazing management practices, where managers shortened grazing durations, lengthened recovery times between grazing events, and greatly increased stock density.  The result was an 86% reduction in percent bare soil, a 100% increase in live plant cover, and a shift in plant species composition toward more desired grasses, forbs, and shrubs.  This pasture's overall performance as measured by rangeland health and stocking rate greatly improved, even during the dry year.  In fact, this ranch was not forced to destock at all in the dry year of 2012.  Had these managers not made the change, the pasture in the dry year of 2012 would not have held up as well as it did, and destocking would have resulted in more severe financial consequences for the ranch business.  This example illustrates how good grazing management can be measured on the land and on the income and expense statement.



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