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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Montana Ranch’s Riparian Grazing Program Shows Improvement

Posted on: Aug 14, 2013

A Montana ranch altered its grazing program with Ranch Advisory's assistance in 2010 from season-long grazing to a multi-pasture planned grazing approach.  Since then, benefits to the riparian areas in this sub-irrigated bottom continue to be seen.  The first photo was taken in 2010 and shows a steep, eroding stream bank.  The second photo was taken in July 2013 just after the pasture had been grazed. While cattle trailed along the bank, new vegetation on that bank shows the bank has clearly stabilized.  No erosion has been seen here since 2010.

Creating such improvement is dependent upon proper management of major grazing variables.  The old and new grazing variables are described below:

Grazing duration:  Old: 140 days.  New:  About 9 days.
Recovery days between grazing events:  Old:  None.  New:  95 days.
Timing of grazings:  Old:  Season-long grazing.  New:  May be varied based on growing conditions.
Stock density:  Old:  0.2 head per acre.  New:  1 head per acre.
Stocking rate:  The stocking rate has not changed.

Proper management of these variables has produced strong improvements in the riparian area.  Look for more photos later as this project area is re-evaluated again.


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