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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Pop Quiz: Which photo displays a year with higher precipitation?

Posted on: Dec 16, 2013

The photos below were taken in the same pasture (in the exact same spot) in two different years.  One year was a dry year, and one year enjoyed nearly average precipitation.  Neither pasture had been grazed when the photos were taken.


Which is which?










Answer:  the photo on the right was the dry year, while the one on the left was the wetter year. 

Are you surprised?  The photo on the left clearly displays reduced forage production, which occurred in a nearly average precipitation year.  The photo on the right, which displays better forage production, occurred in a dry year (about 50% of this area’s typical precipitation). 

The difference between these two photos, taken four years apart, was a major shift in grazing strategy on this ranch.  Previously, the ranch practiced “season-long grazing” where cattle were turned into the pasture and left for the summer.  The ranch then shifted to a strategy of shortened grazing durations where cattle were moved through a series of pastures using a carefully planned and monitoring grazing approach.  The grazing duration went from roughly 100 days to less than 20 days.  In the new approach, plants were allowed he opportunity to regrow after being bitten, and they responded vigorously.  Even in dry years like the one shown in the photo above, good grazing management can often produce surprising plant growth.

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