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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Wyoming ranch maintains plant vigor in drought year

Posted on: Mar 29, 2013

The dry year of 2012 created many hardships for livestock producers across the country.  Several ranchers moved off their grazing allotments early, many destocked early, and many also weaned calves early. 

 

But others did not destock or wean early, and much can be learned from their grazing strategies.  One Wyoming ranch has been operating with short grazing durations, lengthy recovery periods, high stock densities, and managing for moderate utilization rates for many years. While the dry year of 2012 definitely brought reduced plant productivity, it also had regrowth with little moisture.  The photo below shows a pasture in mid August.  The pasture had been grazed roughly 30 days earlier, and the regrowth may be seen in the foreground rangelands as being robust and of high vigor.  A mix of cool and warm season grasses may be seen in this photo.  Further, the ephemeral stream in the bottom of the draw contained water, even without having received rain in several weeks.  The vegetation in this bottom was lush and tall.

 

Even with little rain, this pasture produced enough regrowth to be grazed again in winter.  The water cycle in the pasture was effective enough, and plants were of high enough vigor that they remained green and growing in the late summer of a dry year.  This photo demonstrates the benefits of good grazing management.

 

Dry cows could be turned out here, where they would perform quite well through the winter months.  This rancher did not need to begin feeding hay any earlier than scheduled, which maintained his operating costs through the drought.  These results demonstrate superior management ability and the benefits that accrue at the nexus of ecology and finance. 



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