Livestock

In North America, vast herds of grazing animals used to roam.

Our rangeland ecosystems evolved under this high intensity, short duration grazing.

Nomadic herds no longer range from north to south and back again, but with careful management livestock can fill the void. Well-managed livestock are a useful tool for rangeland, forest and fisheries restoration. Instead of being a threat, well-managed livestock can reinvigorate landscapes that have devolved into barren unproductivity, helping restore other essential ecological processes along the way.

Livestock, on the range, efficiently convert the sun’s energy locked within plants into edible protein. Livestock, in intensive confinement, provide a haven for problems, ranging from their own behavior and health including the rise of disease, to environmental concerns such as non-point source pollution arising from collected waste.

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Abusive Land Grab of Family Farm

The video below tells how a conservation easement that promised to ‘protect’ farming was used to block farming.   BEWARE: A growing problem with conservation easements is that the current generation of administrators are increasingly […]

Conserving the Legacy by Wyman Meizner

“The outstanding scientific discovery of the twentieth century is not television, or radio, but rather the complexity of the land organism.   Only those who know the most about it can appreciate how little we […]

BLM to Finalize Rule Allowing Federal Leases Targeted at Protection of Natural Area

This rule is widely seen as anti-cattle and hunting.  

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox Vows to Sue Over New BLM Landscape Rule

“According to Utah Governor Cox , BLM’s proposed Public Lands Rule could effectively lock outtraditional activities such as livestock grazing, certain recreational uses and commercial hunt guiding.   This would be very bad for wildlife […]

Wyman Meinzer’s West Texas

A beautiful portrayal of a unique part of our country.    NOTE: this post was originally published on February 17, 2017, and then again on August 5, 2021. A WALTZ ACROSS WEST TEXASWyman Meinzer, […]

Buffalo Facts

Surprising Facts About Buffalo | The American Buffalo | A Film by Ken Burns | PBS   

Can Beavers Restore Far-West Texas?

Two so-called invasive species, cattle and beavers, have the power to restore desert habitats.     NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on April 12, 2017 AND on August 26, 2021.

How Bison Are Saving America’s Lost Prairie

Bison on Oklahoma’s tall grass prairie.   NOTE: this post was originally publihsed to this site on September 13, 2021

Extinctions, Scenarios, and Assumptions: Changes in Latest Pleistocene Large Herbivore Abundance and Distribution in Western North America

“Here is another explanation of the Pleistocene Extinctions, the catastrophic event in natural history wherein over  50-large species abruptly disappeared from North America 10-12,000-years ago. Humans and climate warming are usually blamed. This author says […]

Land Stewardship on Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands of Mexico

     Para más información, contáctenos: pastizales@birdconservancy.org   Bird Conservancy of the Rockies collaborates with private landowners across western North America, from the Northern Great Plains to the desert grasslands of Chihuahua, Mexico. We […]

Plan to Allow Wolf Hunting in Europe to Spare Livestock Could Backfire, Some Scientists Say

“Wolves are even more controversial in Europe than the US. Pre-firearms Europeans lived with wolves for millennia; fear of wolves  was reality-based and deeply ingrained in European culture.  

Allan Savory and the Science of Tracking

Over the last 60 years, Allan Savory has at different times worn a wildlife agency shirt and crest, his country’s military battle camouflage, the formal attire of a parliamentarian, and rancher’s dungarees. His in-the-bush and […]

How Bison Are Saving America’s Lost Prairie

Quoting the makers of this very interesting video, “The Nature Conservancy reintroduced 300 bison to this prairie in 1993, and the herd has grown to more than 2,000 animals today. They graze on the majority […]

A Plant That’s Everywhere is Fueling a Growing Risk of Wildfire Disaster

As reported in this article below, the invasive plant warriors have a new enemy. Their latest villain is grass, which CNN says is an invasive, dangerous plant.    The true problem is too few animals […]

New Wolf Management | Montana PBS Reports: IMPACT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is working on a new conservation and management plan for the state’s Grey Wolf population. Montana PBS talks with agencies to learn more about the changes and ranchers who are […]

Building Cattle Pens in Minutes

Considering the difference in populations, the Aussies are way ahead of the US in their cattle practices.   Neil Dennis 41 seconds from Peter Byck on Vimeo.   NOTE: this post was originally published on […]

Holistic Grazing in the Arizona / Sonora Borderlands

Cattle are grazed in any spot for 6-hours, followed by 18-months recovery.

Brush Sculpting

“Much has been said about using cattle as proxies for bison: What about bison as proxies for cattle?  

How Holistic Planned Grazing Works in 60 Seconds

How does holistic planned grazing heal the soil? We explain it in this short introductory video.   For more visit: http://savory.global Note: this post was originally posted to this site on August 2, 2021

REGENERATIVE GRAZING: Using Cows to Rebuild Soil After a Century of Tillage.

This episode shares the story of Stephen Brass of Walnut Grove Brass Family Farm in Stillman Valley, Illinois, and how he successfully transitioned his 160 acre farm from a chemical intensive, commodity crop operation to […]

Functional Traits – Not Nativenes – Shape the Effects Of Large Mammalian Herbivores on Plant Communities

For decades the assumption shared by conservation dogma and Invasive Species “Biology” has been that non-native animals – by definition – harm native habitat and plants. This belief is often used to justify the ongoing […]

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