Foothills Forage Member Doug Wray talks about he manages and prepares his pastures for drought and dry spells.

Much has been said and written about ranch sustainability. When you boil it down, however, it’s largely a matter of working with nature.

Bryan Weech | May 25, 2017

By 2050, the planet’s population is estimated to grow from the current 7 billion to more than 9 billio...

Assisting a cow with her calf is much nicer when the weather is pleasant — and matching calving season with the onset of green grass makes you more money, too.

“When you can line up that reproductive cycle with the grass production cycle, that’s huge,” said Jim Bauer, a...

March 7, 2017

Making Sense of the Many Systems of Rotational Grazing

Five minutes exploring the grazing literature is enough to be horribly confused about the many systems of livestock rotation.  Each model has fervent devotees, and none is inherently right.  The meaningful question...

January 20, 2017

For optimum energy utilization, the cows' reproductive cycle should coincide with the grass production cycle

A study from the United Kingdom shows that calving or lambing outside of the seasonal cycle of pasture production can increase costs by up to 75% over spring cal...

September 2, 2016

Two weeks ago, Beth wrote about results of studies done by her colleagues at Utah State University on using cattle to graze sagebrush to increase biodiversity on rangelands. This week she shares a story of a rancher who took that information to heart, decided to teach...

August 29, 2016

Photo Credit: Lee Gunderson

If we focus on profit per acre, there will be a tendency to seek the right-sized cow for our environment and best practices for economic efficiency and profitability.

Last month, I discussed three profit driving ratios – cows per person, acres...

August 2, 2016

Management-intensive grazing and other intensive grazing systems have been promoted for quite a few years but what does the word intensive mean when it is used with grazing?


What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘intensive grazing’? Many small pastures with lot...

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