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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Managing Livestock During Drought

Posted on: Sep 26, 2012

Managing livestock during drought is one of the most challenging tasks facing resource managers and livestock producers.  Forage is expected to be green and lush in the active growing season, but it simply doesn't arrive.  Such dry conditions require heightened managerial attention for both livestock and land.  In past posts, we offered several suggestions for managing land, but in this one, we offer a few thoughts on managing livestock.

First, keep livestock moving onto fresh ground.  When livestock lose weight because they have been grazing overutilized forage, putting weight back on can be expensive.

Second, ensure that grazing distribution is optimal.  If cattle aren't reaching available pasture forage, then reliance on costly supplemental feed increases.  Make sure that cattle reach the forage provided to them.

Third, both of the suggestions above require plenty of pastures to move onto.  Use herding and/or fencing to increase the number of pastures that will shorten the grazing duration per pasture and thus keep livestock moving onto fresh ground.  Herding and fencing will also help prevent distribution problems where some parts of the pasture are overutilized, while others are not grazed at all.

That being said, we don't recommend constructing expensive permanent fencing to address these challenges.  Permanent fencing may cost $8000 per mile, whereas single-strand polywire may cost $1200 per mile.  Use and properly manage the cheaper option to get through challenging times.

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