How do rangeland plants survive the winter?

Just a glance at today’s temperature map makes me want to stay inside by a warm fire sipping hot cocoa and reading a good book.  Going outside requires the layering of clothing just to keep warm while doing the morning chores.   The cows have frost on their backs, steam rises from the manure, and even the chickens have frostbite… Read more »

Steps to a Healthy Ranch–Part 3

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In previous blog posts we have been visiting about the steps needed to have a healthy ranch.  In Part 1  we discussed how to do an inventory of your ranch’s soil and plant resources.  We also briefly introduced some of the tools needed to do this.  In Part 2 we discussed how to start getting from where we are now to… Read more »

Steps to a Healthy Ranch–Part 2

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In the blog post “Steps to a Healthy Ranch–Part 1“, I walked you through how to take an inventory of your ranch’s plant and soil resources.  You should now be able to answer the question: “What do I have?”.  The next step in developing or maintaining a healthy ranch is to answer the questions: “What do I want?” and “How… Read more »

Steps to a Healthy Ranch–Part 1

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Did you know that a healthy ranch starts at the soil and plant level?  Without a healthy ecosystem the ranch will suffer.  Your livestock may be the best money can buy and you may have the fanciest pickup in the neighborhood, but if your soil and grass are in decline, it is sure as shootin’ that your livestock will follow. … Read more »

Prairie Dogs and the Plague

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Prairie dogs.  We hate them.  We love them. These burrowing rodents live all across the Central and Western United States’ grasslands.  They create large colonies that greatly reduce forage production on lands that are typically used for domestic livestock grazing.  Because of this, population explosions tend to cause consternation for ranchers. There are actually 5 species of prairie dogs: black-tailed,… Read more »