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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Reducing Costs for Noxious Weed Control - Separating “Seek” and “Destroy”

Posted on: Aug 23, 2013

How much money does your ranch spend controlling noxious weeds each year?  The notion of even having an annual cash outlay for controlling noxious weeds will likely give pause to many ranchers, but several of the larger ranches we work with have developed a noxious weed control program to deal with unwanted plant species.  These ranches utilize a commercial applicator to handle weed control, as well as the associated documentation.  As many who have tried this approach know, such weed control can be really expensive. 

These invasive houndstongue plants are dying after having recently been sprayed on a Montana ranch.

Ranchers should reduce costs of such a program by realizing that noxious weed control is truly an effort of seeking and destroying.  Someone must find the weeds – seek – and someone must also apply herbicide – destroy.  These two activities are inherently different, and separating the two activities can create cost savings and operational efficiencies.

We recommend ranch personnel be in charge of actually finding and mapping noxious weed locations.  Those locations can then be communicated to the commercial applicator, who can then travel to the site and apply herbicide.  Since most commercial applicators charge an hourly rate, it makes no sense to have these folks driving around a ranch looking for noxious weeds.  Have them focus on treating weeds instead.  Ranchers, who are working in their pastures anyway, should document their own weed locations, and the commercial applicator can be told where the locations are.  This practice results in fewer hours billed by the applicator, which lowers the cost for the ranch.

Over time, the ranch and the applicator should work together to document declining weed occurrence and acres infested.  Once the ranch attains a maintenance weed situation, the cost of controlling weeds becomes much more manageable.



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