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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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 conflict resolution discussions, and state wildlife management plans.  She will…

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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 within the SANE community.  See the contact information here



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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 land transactions with private landowners, government agencies, and other partners.…

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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’s Hamilton Ranch Seeks Recreation Manager

Posted on: Oct 28, 2015

The Hamilton Ranch in Twin Bridges Montana is seeking a recreation manager.  Hamilton Ranch is a working cattle ranch covering 90,000 acres and running approximately 2000 mother cows. The ranch has major stretches of the Beaverhead, Ruby, Jefferson, and Big Hole Rivers plus numerous ponds and spring creeks.



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Ranch Advisory Contracted by Wyoming Military Department

Posted on: Oct 27, 2015

Ranch Advisory Partners was recently contracted by the Wyoming Military Department to perform a rangeland health evaluation of its Camp Guernsey training facility in eastern Wyoming. 

Camp Guernsey is a Premier Joint Training Center consisting of over 78,000 acres of maneuver area, training ranges, and state-of-the-art facilities. Camp…

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Ranch Advisory Welcomes Bryce Andrews

Posted on: Sep 04, 2015

Ranch Advisory partners is pleased to welcome Bryce Andrews to the team.  Mr. Andrews brings more than 10 years' experience on conservation-minded cattle ranches in Montana.  He divides his time between ranching and writing, and 2014 saw the publication of his first book Badluck Way, which has garnered much…

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Long-Time Client Wins Beef Award

Posted on: Mar 31, 2015

Long-time client John Raftopoulos of Diamond Peak Cattle Company in northwest Colorado recently won the 2015 Colorado Seedstock Producer of the Year Award as recognized by the Colorado Cattlemans Association.

Angelo and John Raftopoulos are…

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Good Grazing Management Improves Forage Production, Even in a Drier Year

Posted on: Mar 28, 2015

The two photos below were taken from the same spot on a Montana ranch pasture.  The upper photo was taken in June 2010, while the lower was taken in June 2014.  Both photos show pre-grazing conditions on this cattle pasture.  The 2014 photo clearly shows a higher level of…

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Ranch Advisory Completes Grazing Management Plan for Bitterbrush State Wildlife Area

Posted on: Feb 25, 2015

The Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) contracted Ranch Advisory to create a grazing management plan on the Bitterbrush State Wildlife Area in northwest Colorado.  The State Wildlife Area lies in a unique landscape containing high-producing shrubs like bitterbrush that are preferable to wildlife.  The agency will improve…

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Ranch Advisory Completes Grazing Plan for Trapper Mining

Posted on: Feb 12, 2015

Colorado's Trapper Mining contracted Ranch Advisory to assess rangeland health and wildlife habitat on a recent acquisition.  This coal mine seeks to improve habitat on this highly diverse parcel, while also managing a livestock operation on the property.  Ranch Advisory worked with the mining firm to create a "turn…

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Ranch Advisory welcomes Katie Meiklejohn

Posted on: Feb 02, 2015

Ranch Advisory is pleased to welcome Katie Meiklejohn to the team.  Katie has nearly 10 years experience in conducting landscape-scale conservation efforts and 4 years experience working closely with ranchers to identify strategies that simultaneously enhance health, financial success, and human well-being.  See here full bio here.  Welcome…

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Stockmanship Journal Article Describes Opportunities and Challenges of Rodearing

Posted on: Jan 26, 2015

Matt Barnes of Keystone Conservation recently wrote an article in the Stockmanship Journal describing the challenges and opportunities of rodearing, low-stress livestock handling, and cross fencing designed to improve distribution of livestock grazing.  Ranch Advisory portrayed grazing distribution patterns for the research project.  See this terrific article here



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Long-Time Ranch Client Profiled in Short Film

Posted on: Jan 22, 2015

Montana's Granger Ranch was recently profiled in a Western Landowners Alliance short film regarding the variety of improvements made to the ranch involving conservation and agriculture.  Check out the video here.

 

Ranch Advisory is glad to have assisted Granger and its partners in designing and…

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Wyoming Ranch displays massive increase in forage production

Posted on: Jan 21, 2015

Check out the photos below.  They were taken from the exact same spot on the land, but the top was in 2007, and the bottom was in 2014. 

      

 

The…

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Ranch Advisory Assists Fort Belknap Tribe with Buffalo Expansion

Posted on: Dec 12, 2014

Ranch Advisory has been contracted to assist Montana's Fort Belknap Tribe expand its existing buffalo herds for improved ecological performance, financial performance, and for greater use of buffalo by tribal members.  Working in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, Ranch Advisory will conduct a feasibility study to determine carryiing…

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Sieben Live Stock Seeks Unit Manager

Posted on: Nov 14, 2014

Sieben Live Stock Co. is seeking a unit manager to help oversee its livestock herds in the Big Belt Mountains of west-central Montana, roughly 30 miles south of Cascade.  See the position announcement here



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Montana Ranch Displays Continued Improvement in Stream Bank Stability

Posted on: Nov 07, 2014

A ranch in southwest Montana changed its grazing management strategy a few years ago, which resulted in improved riparian condition and stability of affected stream banks.  Ranch Advisory assisted in designing the grazing strategy for this subirrigated bottom and also captured improvements through photographs.  These photos display the improvements…

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Ranch Advisory Assists Fort Peck Tribe With Buffalo Expansion

Posted on: Oct 31, 2014

Ranch Advisory Partners has been contracted to assist Montana's Fort Peck Tribe expand its existing buffalo herds for improved ecological performance, financial performance, and for greater use of buffalo by tribal members.  Working in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, Ranch Advisory will conduct a feasibility study to determine…

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Two New Ranch Management Positions Are Open in October

Posted on: Oct 03, 2014

Two new ranch management positions have come open in early October.  They are the McVay Farms Manager position in central Minnesota and the Turner Enterprises Spikebox Ranch Manager position in southwest Nebraska.  Find more details here



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Long-Time Ranch Client Profiled in Quivira Coalition’s Resilience Journal

Posted on: Sep 29, 2014

Wyoming's Ucross Ranch was recently profiled in the Quivira Coalition's Resilience journal.  In an article titled, "Beyond Resilience: Managing Toward a Higher State of Ranch Performance," author Todd Graham explains how Ucross tripled its stocking rate, improved riparian condition, and improved wildlife habitat all while increasing the financial output…

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Colorado Wildlife Habitat Ready to Host Migrating Big Game as Winter Approaches

Posted on: Sep 22, 2014

Since 2009, Ranch Advisory has assisted the White River Habitat Improvement Program (WRHPP) improve habitat for migrating mule deer and elk.  That part of Colorado contains abundant cover for big game, but some areas lack adequate foraging opportunities.  WRHPP embarked upon a series of vegetative manipulation treatments designed to…

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Wyoming’s Ucross Ranch Shows Continued Improvement in 2014

Posted on: Sep 14, 2014

The Ucross Ranch near Clearmont, Wyoming won the Society for Range Management's National Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship for 2014.  The ranch has shown strong improvement in rangeland health, riparian condition, wildlife habitat, and revenue generation capacity since grazing management practices were altered in 2002.  Several posts on this Ranch…

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Ranch Advisory assists WPX Energy examine wildlife habitat

Posted on: Sep 09, 2014

Ranch Advisory has been assisting WPX Energy examine and improve wildlife habitat through various grazing planning and vegetative management techniques.  On a recent trip to the energy patch, we found some strong habitat, scenery, and wildlife.  Fun photos follow.

 

This black bear and her cub (climbing…

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Montana’s Paradise Valley Shows Off Its Colors

Posted on: Sep 03, 2014

Ranch Advisory is assisting the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch examine rangeland health and wildlife habitat in Montana's Paradise Valley.  The ranch seeks to improve conservation management practices while improving pasture performance. The valley looked stunning on a recent trip.  Here are some fun photos to share.

 



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Are You Doing Your Dormant Season Grazing Planning?

Posted on: Sep 01, 2014

September is here.  Early fall offers a terrific opportunity for Rocky Mountain ranchers to begin their dormant season grazing planning.

Why?  To save hay feeding costs.  Many ranches tend to have two prominent cost centers:  labor costs, and those assoicated with feeding hay.  Ranches that possess the ability…

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A Good Grazing Manager’s Lingo

Posted on: Sep 01, 2014

How do good grazing managers describe their management practices?  Ranch Advisory recently traveled to central Montana and found an example.  Here's how one young grazing manager described management of a pasture:

 

"We harvested 9 ADAs (animal days per acre) in late May, then offered an 80-day…

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Riparian Grazing Effort Showing Strong Improvement

Posted on: Jul 01, 2014

The year 2014 brought strong improvements to grazed streambanks on a southwest Montana ranch.  This ranch practiced season-long grazing for decades prior to altering management practices with Ranch Advisory's help in 2010.  In that year, grazing durations were shortened, recovery days between grazings increased, and timing of grazings was…

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Ranch Advisory Welcomes Court Smith to the Team

Posted on: Jun 20, 2014

Ranch Advisory is pleased to announe that Court Smith has joined its committed team of ranch and resource management professionals.  Court has over 15 years' experience working as a GIS specialist, ranch manager, and research ecologist.  He has created and managed geospatial data for natural resource management, conservation, and…

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Colorado Wildlife Habitat Improvement Effort Shows Strong Progress in 2014

Posted on: Jun 16, 2014

Ranch Advisory has been assisting XTO Energy, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and the Bureau of Land Management improve foraging opportunities for big game in Colorado's Piceance Basin since 2009.  This area is the source of the Rockies Express Pipeline that carries natural gas to many communities in the Upper…

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Ranch Advisory Assists Great Basin Ranch Examine Rangeland Health and Livestock Management

Posted on: May 29, 2014

The Great Basin Ranch, a nearly million-acre expanse in eastern Nevada, seeks to improve rangeland health, wildlife habitat, and livestock performance across lands it manages and has sought assistance from Ranch Advisory in this undertaking  We recently traveled to Nevada to examine the ranch.  Some fun photos follow.



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Taos Pueblo WarChief Approves Ranch Advisory’s Buffalo Study

Posted on: May 29, 2014

The WarChief of the Taos Pueblo Tribe in northern New Mexico recently approved the buffalo feasibility study written by Ranch Advisory Partners to expand buffalo into a large tract of land west of Taos.  The WarChief's office is responsible for oversight of the reservation's natural resources.  Ranch Advisory…

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Ranch Advisory’s Todd Graham Discusses Potential Tribal National Park in South Dakota

Posted on: May 09, 2014

The Property and Environment Research Center recently interviewed Ranch Advisory's Todd Graham regarding the Tribal National Park being considered in the Badlands of South Dakota. 

See the video here.

 



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Montana’s Madison Valley Hosts Lots of Elk in Spring

Posted on: May 09, 2014

The Madison Valley of Southwest Montana plays host to a variety of wildlife species, including elk herds in the spring months.  Have a look at some fun elk videos on Ranch Advisory's YouTube page

 


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Ranch Advisory helps Colorado Client Design Grazing Strategy on Newly-Purchased Property

Posted on: May 09, 2014

A long-time Colorado client recently purchased a new ranch, and they seek to improve rangeland health, wildlife habitat, and livestock production on this new property.  The ranch has known seaon-long grazing for many years, and appeared to be underperforming during a recent assessment.  Ranch Advisory is helping design the…

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Ranch Advisory is Assisting Montana’s Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Examine Grazing Management Practices

Posted on: May 09, 2014

Montana's Mountain Sky Guest Ranch seeks to improve rangeland health and wildlife habitat, and Ranch Advisory is assisting in that effort.  Some photos of the beautiful Paradise Valley follow.  We will return to the ranch in July to further examine performance of the land in the active growing season. 



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Ranch Advisory Examines Big Game Habitat in Colorado’s Grand Valley

Posted on: May 09, 2014

Ranch Advisory is examining wildlife habitat for wintering deer in elk in Colorado's Grand Valley.  Photos from the work follow. 

 

The above photo shows a sagebrush park that has juniper trees moving into…

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Colorado’s Medano Zapata Ranch Seeks New Manager

Posted on: Mar 25, 2014

The 103,000-acre Medano Zapata Ranch in Colorado's San Luis Valley is seeking a new ranch manager.  The ranch borders Sand Dunes National Park and runs both buffalo and cattle.  For more information on this exciting opportunity, click here



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Arthur Blank Foundation Seeks Director of Land and Wildlife

Posted on: Mar 18, 2014

The Arthur M. Blank Foundation seeks a Director of Land and Wildlife to help implement its conservation objectives.  See the position announcement here

 

 



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Ranch Advisory authors case study on Tribal National Park buffalo re-introduction

Posted on: Mar 18, 2014

Ranch Advisory's Todd Graham and Jeremy Gingerich recently co-authored a case study for the Property and Environment Research Center regarding management of buffalo by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the potential formation of a new herd of buffalo on what may become the Tribal National Park in South Dakota. …

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Changes in the land at Ucross Ranch

Posted on: Feb 21, 2014

What changes have been seen on the land since Ucross Ranch altered its grazing strategy?

One of the first changes measured was a strong reduction in bare ground. This was accompanied by improvements in litter cover (old, dead plant material lying on the soil surface), and eventually increased…

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Changes in Grazing Management Strategy at Ucross Ranch

Posted on: Feb 19, 2014

What changes in grazing management strategy were made at Ucross Ranch to help it win the 2014 Society for Range Management's National Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship Award?

Previous managers practiced a set-stocking strategy coupled with high stocking rates.  Cattle were placed in pastures for the entirety of the…

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Increasing Stocking Rates at Ucross Ranch

Posted on: Feb 16, 2014

In winning the Society for Range Management's Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship Award for 2014, Ucross Ranch was required to provide information on the numbers and classes of livestock it runs. Ucross's compelling story lies in how these numbers have changed through time.

The chart below shows this historic…

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Ranch Advisory designs Ucross Ranch’s poster for the Excellence In Rangeland Stewardship Award

Posted on: Feb 14, 2014

The Society for Range Management requires contestants of its Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship Award competition to submit a large poster for display at its international conference.  Ranch Advisory was asked to design that poster for the 2014 winner – long-time client Ucross Ranch.  The poster may be seen below…

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Long-time Client Wins National Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship Award

Posted on: Feb 13, 2014

The Society for Range Management awarded Wyoming's Ucross Ranch its prestigious 2014 National Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship Award in Orlando, FL yesterday. The award is given annually to a ranch demonstrating exceptional improvements in rangeland performance. Ucross won the State of Wyoming Award in 2012 and advanced to win…

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Grazing After the Drought: Implications for Management

Posted on: Jan 22, 2014

Much of the U.S. appears to be pulling out of the drought that crippled the West (California and Nevada are still suffering from extreme drought).  The current Drought Monitor shows the relief currently being enjoyed over much of the West.

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Ranch Advisory welcomes Kay Kitto!

Posted on: Dec 20, 2013

Kay Kitto has over seven years’ experience in the banking industry, with a focus on home mortgage lending.  She has handled multiple title and escrow real estate closings involving complex transactions for the benefit of clients across the Northern Rockies.  Kitto is well versed in financial and agricultural data…

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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?


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Ecological Data Associated With a Doubled Stocking Rate

Posted on: Dec 13, 2013

In a recent post (found here), we described a Wyoming ranch that had increased its stocking rate by 95%.  Such an increase in stocking rate represents a major increase in revenue with minimal changes in cost structure.  This ranch has increased both ecological and financial value, as well…

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Ranch Advisory is assisting the Taos Pueblo Tribe & InterTribal Buffalo Council with buffalo pasture

Posted on: Dec 06, 2013

Ranch Advisory's Todd Graham recently visited Taos, New Mexico to begin assisting the Taos Pueblo Tribe and the Inter Tribal Buffalo Council to develop new buffalo pasture. We wanted to share some pictures of the site visit and will continue to post updates on the project!


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From the Archive: Top 5 Mistakes Absentee Landowners Make After Buying a Ranch

Posted on: Nov 20, 2013

This post is from our archive, back by request.

We regularly work with absentee landowners who seek increased returns from their ranching properties.  These well-intentioned folks tend to make common mistakes when purchasing and operating a ranch from afar.  Here are their top 5 mistakes and how to…

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Determine dormant-season forage supply to reduce hay feeding costs

Posted on: Nov 12, 2013

Have you calculated fall forage reserves?  If not, you may incur unnecessary hay feeding costs.

On a recent tour of a Colorado ranch, we helped the rancher calculate forage reserves in a variety of pastures for a herd of 1200 mother cows.  This rancher needed to determine how…

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Thousands of dead South Dakota cattle were likely hypothermic

Posted on: Nov 08, 2013

Many of the thousands of cattle killed in the October 4 blizzard in southwestern South Dakota died of hypothermia, according to state veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven.  Some thought they must have drown, but the relentless rain and snow that buffeted cattle for 12 to 18 hours caused their cardiovascular…

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New Job Posting: Grazing position at Montana’s Sun Ranch

Posted on: Nov 07, 2013

Montana’s Sun Ranch seeks summer assistance in implementing grazing program. The Sun Ranch is located in the Upper Madison Valley of southwestern Montana, about 30 miles south of Ennis.  The ranch encompasses approximately 25,000 acres of deeded land and grazing leases.  The Sun is committed to conservation and improving…

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Ranch Advisory signs Master Service Agreement with XTO Energy

Posted on: Oct 30, 2013

Ranch Advisory is pleased to announce signing of a new Master Service Agreement with XTO Energy.  XTO, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, performs wildlife mitigation projects in its Colorado natural gas fields, and Ranch Advisory will assist the company with evaluation and improvement of wildlife habitat.  We look forward to…

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Montana’s Paradise Valley in October

Posted on: Oct 17, 2013

We spent a couple terrific days in Montana's Paradise Valley with the folks from Keystone Conservation.  Fall colors highlight the Yellowstone River, but it was 12 degrees the next morning.  Looks like winter may be arriving early this year.


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How are your cow pies doing?

Posted on: Oct 14, 2013

"Why?" you ask.  Because they are a greater indicator of pasture performance! 

The faster those cow pies are breaking down, the faster the cycling of nutrients in the system.  When microorganisms of decay (soil bugs) break down old manure and old plant material, they are essentially adding fertilizer…

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Brucellosis Found in Park County Cattle Herd

Posted on: Oct 09, 2013

Brucellosis has been found in a yearling bull in Park County, according to state veterinarian Dr. Marty Zaluski.
The bull was the only positive found in a whole-herd test of about 550 animals.

Last week, the Department of Livestock reported that a brucellosis-infected cow was found in…

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Monday Update on South Dakota Blizzard

Posted on: Oct 07, 2013

The Rapid City Journal is reporting that thousands of cattle may have been killed in the early October snowstorm that struck western South Dakota.  The few ranches that are able to be contacted have reported losses of 20 to 50 percent of their herds in the worst October blizzard…

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Wyoming Pasture Fire Produces Interesting After Effects on Grass Growth

Posted on: Oct 02, 2013

A ranch client in Wyoming suffered a major wildfire in several pastures during the dry year of 2012.  This resulted in a major loss of forage for livestock that required major replanning of livestock moves and forage allocation.  The wet spring of 2013, however, brought a flush of grass…

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Habitat Improvement Projects Showing Positive Results for Big Game

Posted on: Sep 30, 2013

For the past few years, Ranch Advisory has been assisting the White River Habitat Partnership Program Committee improve wildlife habitat in some of the best elk and mule deer habitat in Colorado's White River Valley.  The Committee realized that an imbalance existed between the ratio of forage to cover…

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Brucellosis Found in Madison County Cow

Posted on: Sep 26, 2013

HELENA – Brucellosis has been found within the state’s Designated Surveillance Area in a Madison County cow, according to the state’s lead animal health official.

State veterinarian Dr. Marty Zaluski, Montana Department of Livestock, said results of cultures confirming the infection were received earlier today from the National…

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Ranch Advisory Signs Professional Services Agreement with WPX Energy

Posted on: Sep 26, 2013

Ranch Advisory is pleased to announce the firm has signed a Professional Services Agreement with WPX Energy.  WPX seeks to enhance wildlife habitat and rangeland health on lands it administers, and Ranch Advisory will help serve in this capacity.  We will assist WPX with designing vegetative treatments for wildlife…

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Beautiful Views from Colorado’s Roan Plateau

Posted on: Sep 20, 2013

We have been working in western Colorado the last few days and had to share pictures of the beautiful view! These pictures were taken this morning on Colorado's Roan Plateau.

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Do You Need to Control Sagebrush? These Observations Could Help Prevent Costly Errors

Posted on: Sep 18, 2013

We regularly receive calls from ranchers who are concerned that excessive sagebrush is reducing grass production.  They worry that too much sagebrush is resulting in a reduced stocking rates, thus depriving them of revenue.  These are valid concerns, but ranchers should consider the tips below that can help prevent…

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New 3 Case Study Series on Early Warning Indicators

Posted on: Sep 13, 2013

This week, we have posted new case studies as a three part series on early warning indicators on rangeland.

This three part series of case studies is designed to provide illustrative examples regarding early warning indicators. These case studies, taken from actual Wyoming and Montana ranches, include examples…

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The Madison River Foundation in Ennis, MT is seeking a new Executive Director

Posted on: Sep 04, 2013

The Madison River Foundation, based in Ennis, Montana is seeking a full time Executive Director. The Foundation works to preserve, protect and enhance the Madison River Ecosystem to benefit its wildlife and the people who enjoy it through professional expertise and advocacy for worthy public policies that ensure the…

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Curious About This Week’s Ag Rates?

Posted on: Sep 04, 2013

We post updated agricultural rate tables on our website weekly for your convenience. Feel free to check out this week's rates, posted below, or look at updated rates anytime in our Ranch & Ag Financing tab above. We offer many options, rates, and terms and specialize in customizing financial…

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Improved Grazing Management Nearly Doubles Stocking Rate on Wyoming Ranch

Posted on: Aug 28, 2013

How much extra revenue can your ranch can generate with a well-managed grazing program depends heavily on the ranch, its size, soils, and condition; however, overall performance can often be substantially improved with strategic grazing management.  Formulating and…

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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…

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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…

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Ranch Advisory Looks for Rare Plants in Wyoming

Posted on: Aug 09, 2013

Ranch Advisory was recently contracted to look for rare plants along the South Fork of the Shoshone River near Cody, WY.  Although none were found, the blue-colored penstemon (shown in the photos below) resembles the rare plant sought.



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Trail Cameras in Colorado’s White River Valley Show Habitat Improvements

Posted on: Aug 06, 2013

Trail cameras captured the wildlife visiting areas where vegetation has been manipulated to improve habitat for big game.  All photos here courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.



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Ranch Advisory Welcomes Jeremy Gingerich and Victoria Zimmer

Posted on: Aug 02, 2013

Ranch Advisory Partners is pleased to announce Jeremy Gingerich of Colorado has joined our ranch management consulting team and Victoria Zimmer has joined our office team. We are excited to work with both of them!

Jeremy has over 15 years of experience working on and managing progressive cattle…

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Ranch Advisory’s Todd Graham Presents to Colorado Statewide HHP Committee

Posted on: Aug 01, 2013

The Colorado Habitat Partnership Program State Committee toured the Meeker area in late July to examine the region's ongoing landscape-scale wildlife habitat improvement projects.  Those efforts have been led by The White River HPP…

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Washington Post covers Tribal National Park buffalo restoration efforts

Posted on: Jun 25, 2013

Last week, we mentioned the Tribal Council of the Oglala Sioux Tribe passed an ordinance authorizing the return of bison to an area of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that is slated to become our nation's first Tribal National Park.  Ranch Advisory conducted the feasibility study for managing…

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Chris Bateson joins Ranch Advisory team

Posted on: Jun 25, 2013

Ranch Advisory Partners is pleased to welcome Chris Bateson to the team.  Chris has 20 years' experience in business development, commercial finance, public accounting and taxation.  His career has included serving as Director of Finance of a high-growth, e-commerce company, a commercial lender, and working for a large agricultural…

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Tribal Council of Oglala Sioux Tribe approves Ranch Advisory’s buffalo feasibility study

Posted on: Jun 21, 2013

On June 19, the Tribal Council of the Oglala Sioux Tribe approved the buffalo expansion study written by Ranch Advisory Partners.  This paves the way for buffalo introduction into what will become the nation's first Tribal National Park in the Badlands of South Dakota.

 

The study…

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Good grazing management on Wyoming ranch improves pasture performance

Posted on: Jun 21, 2013

Ready for a quiz?

The photos below were both taken from the same spot on a Wyoming ranch, but a few years apart.  One of them shows the site in a year in which precipitation was 123% of the area's average, while the other was 53% of the…

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Rodear Initiative is hiring a Range Technician position.

Posted on: May 02, 2013

The Rodear Initiative in Southwest Montana is currently seeking a Range Technician for summer 2013 operations.  See the position announcement here.  This is a terrific opportunity to work with highly innovative rangelands and grazing management.  This position will fill quickly, so take a look.

 



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Large Montana ranch is hiring a grazing position.

Posted on: Apr 05, 2013

Ranch near Cascade, MT is hiring a full-time grazing position.  Find 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…

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Montana’s Sun Ranch seeks contractors for pipeline installation and noxious weed control

Posted on: Mar 27, 2013

The Sun Ranch in southwest Montana's Madison Valley is seeking assistance in spring 2013 to control noxious weeds and also install a new stock water pipeline.  Find the request for proposals here.



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Good grazing management on Wyoming ranch prevents destocking.

Posted on: Mar 04, 2013

The drought of 2012 was tough on many in the ranching community.  Many ranchers destocked, many began feeding in the summer months, and many watched their feed bills sky rocket.  Others, however, had been practicing good grazing management for many years, and their land entered 2012 in a much…

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Multiple new ranching and conservation positions open

Posted on: Feb 19, 2013

Several new ranching and conservation management positions recently became available.  See the positings here.



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Ranch Advisory assists Oglala Sioux Tribe with buffalo management plan

Posted on: Jan 12, 2013

Ranch Advisory is assisting the Oglala Sioux tribe design a buffalo management program for what one day may become our nation's first Tribal National Park in South Dakota.  As this major effort moves forward, watch for further updates in the media.  Here are some photos from our recent trip…

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Ranch Advisory welcomes Espenscheid

Posted on: Jan 01, 2013

Ranch Advisory Partners welcomes Chad Espenscheid to its team of professional resource managers.  Espenscheid is a 5th generation Wyoming rancher overseeing his family's livestock operation.  He is a professional engineer licensed in Wyoming and brings many years of experience designing stock water systems, irrigation systems, and he has restored…

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Long-time client receives Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship Award

Posted on: Dec 17, 2012

The Ucross Ranch team received its Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship Award from the Wyoming Chapter of the Society for Range Managment last week in Casper.  This ranch has been a long time client, and we are thrilled for them to…

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Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship Award

Posted on: Dec 07, 2012

Congratulations go the Ucross Ranch for winning the Wyoming Chapter of the Society for Range Management's Exellence in Rangeland Stewardship Award.  And many thanks go to Brian Mealor of the University of Wyoming for nominating Ucross.  Ucross has been a long-time client of ours and is well-deserving of this…

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When analyzing forage reserves, practice makes perfect

Posted on: Dec 06, 2012

Several ranchers contacted us recently who wanted to get better at assessing stockpiled forage in pastures, and we commend them for doing their dormant season planning.  Knowing how much forage is available for grazing in the dormant season is a key consideration in any efforts to minimize hay feeding…

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Ranch Advisory assists Hamilton Ranch in finding new ranch manager

Posted on: Nov 13, 2012

Ranch Advisory Partners is assisting the Hamilton Ranch in Twin Bridges, MT in finding a new Ranch and Natural Resources Manager. 

See the position announcement here

The Hamilton Ranch is located along the Jefferson, Big Hole, Beaverhead and Ruby Rivers by Twin Bridges in southwest Montana. …

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Grazing rangelands after a fire

Posted on: Oct 19, 2012

We continue receiving requests for information regarding grazing rangealnds after a fire.  First, we wish the very best for all those who lost land and property to the devastating fires of 2012.  It's been a tough year, and we hope green grass arrives with spring rains next year.



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Uniform grazing distribution difficult with converging soil types

Posted on: Oct 12, 2012

Grazing managers often discuss the importance of uniform grazing distribution, which means having livestock graze plants evenly across the pasture.  Lacking good distribution, livestock will often graze some plants heavily, while other plants in the same pasture may be grazed minimally.  Poor distribution and the associated uneven utilization rates…

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Drought Survival Tip:  Don’t forget about water developments to offset the need for hay

Posted on: Sep 26, 2012

A client recently fed 100 tons of hay to cattle at a cost of $15,000.  Based on herd size and class of livestock, those 100 tons represented 6666 animal days worth of feed.

Meanwhile, a nearby pasture containing 7500 animal days worth of high-quality grass stood empty because…

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So your ranch burned.  Now what?

Posted on: Sep 26, 2012

This summer's fire season has already been brutal, and it's still early.  Our hearts go out to so many clients and friends who have literally watched their livelihoods burn before their eyes.  Some have been scrambling to get cattle off the mountain ahead of the flames, while others have…

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Use plant vigor as an indicator of pasture performance

Posted on: Sep 26, 2012

Plant vigor provides a quick and easy indicator to evaluate past grazing management.  When evaluating plant vigor, an observer asks these questions:  Are the pasture plants green and growing relative to recent climatic events?  Are plants producing seed?  Are plants achieving expected stature?  Are plants firmly rooted to the…

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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…

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How often should ranchers examine forage supply in the growing season?

Posted on: Sep 26, 2012

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Drought forage reserves:  In one pasture or scattered through multiple pastures?

Posted on: Sep 26, 2012

When planning forage reserves during drought, should ranchers allocate a single pasture, or scatter their reserves across multiple pastures?

The answer to this question is highly situation specific, but must be considered when allocating grazing days during a drought.  Remember, it doesn't matter how many acres you set…

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Drought management:  How long can you hang on?

Posted on: Sep 26, 2012

When managing livestock during a drought, it is important to consider forage reserves.  Ranchers should set aside some forage to serve as backup in case grazed pastures run short.  Often, poor pasture planning leads to crisis management, where destocking must occur, resulting in lost revenue and unplanned expenses.  Ensure…

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