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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Increasing Stocking Rates at Ucross Ranch

Posted on: Feb 16, 2014

In winning the Society for Range Management's Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship Award for 2014, Ucross Ranch was required to provide information on the numbers and classes of livestock it runs. Ucross's compelling story lies in how these numbers have changed through time.

The chart below shows this historic grazing harvest level as measured by animal days (versus animal unit months or AUMs). In 2002 when grazing management strategies were altered, the ranch harvested a total of 35,598 animal days (1187 AUMs) with cow/calf pairs, yearlings and sheep. As rangeland health improved and plant productivity increased, stocking rates could also be increased, resulting in a tripled harvest level in 2011 versus 2002 (the acreage involved stayed the same, so the overall ranch stocking rate increased). A dry year in 2012 resulted in a reduced stocking rate and harvest that year, and pastures were offered additional recovery opportunity in 2013, so harvest was reduced that year as well.

 

This harvest tripling was accomplished with no changes in operational cost structure.  This means net operating income of the livestock operation was substantially higher, given the same operating costs.  Ranch Advisory was proud to work with Ucross since 2002 in efforts to increase those stocking rates.

Additional news will follow describing the grazing management strategy.



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