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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Read more about the benefits offered by domestic animals:

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 […]

Fuel, Fire, and Wild Horses

Wildfire continues to devastate the American West at increasing rates.   As this video is posted, wildfires are burning across more than 768,000-acres of land in twelve Western states, and 500,000-acres in Canada. Ten fires […]

Amazing 23-Year-Old Permaculture Food Forest – An Invitation for Wildness

The idea that forest and farms are mutually exclusive is incorrect. Doing what this video show alongside wildlife is difficult but possible.      In the small town of Riverton at the bottom of […]

Biodiversity and Holistic Management

These excellent thoughts on the importance of biodiversity apply to wildlife as well as agriculture.

How We Treat Wild Horses

This video was created by Wild Horse Fire Brigade, a non-profit dedicated to expanding wild horse populations in order to reduce fire hazard on public lands. They challenge viewers with this question: “Do you want […]

Invasive Species vs. Native Species

Presented below is a scholarly article on the issue of whether so-called invasive ‘exotic’ species like feral pigs, goats, buffalo, and horses, are by definition harmful to environments in which they did not evolve, or […]

Creosote, Cows & Keyline

“Creosote, Cows & Keyline is a 5-minute video which discusses a quick, cheap method to restore desertified desert grasslands. It was filmed in the high-mountain deserts of far-West Texas.”

Farming Sustainably with Regenerative Agriculture | Restoring Paradise

Regenerative agriculture offers a future for sustainable farming of meat in line with nature’s needs, by using holistic management and organic/biodynamic practices and even sequestering carbon in the soil – so important in our response […]

What Are Farm Animals Thinking?

“Quoting the article below, “These are not dumb creatures. They have a rich emotional life and personality.”  

Elk in Paradise: Rancher, Ecologist, Hunter

Here is an excellent video by the Property and Environmental Research Center (PERC) a free market conservation think tank based in Bozeman.   Quoting PERC: The ancient pathways of elk are the heartbeat of the […]

Idaho Game Cam

“Late summer 2020 game camera clips from Pitchstone Waters.  

Embattled Wolves Gain a New Frontier in Democrat Colorado. The Move is Stoking Political Tensions

“The increasingly-authoritarian green movement routinely mandates environmental and wildlife practices, implemented  in ways that ignore people and their livelihoods. Colorado wolf reintroductions are no exception.

Cows Christmas Party

Merry Christmas!!!   Scottish Highland Cattle: Aren’t they wonderful?   Highland Cattle are the most cold-tolerant of the English breeds. In Finland, Highlanders are the ONLY cattle that may legally be pastured outdoors through brutal […]

Drought Busters 101 : A 21-Minute Video on Desert Grassland Restoration

“Drought Busters” is an inexpensive, quick, physiologically and economically sustainable method of habitat and wildlife restoration. We call it Drought Busters because it increases effective rainfall by rebuilding soil fertility and the soil’s ability to […]

Plug and Spread Made Easy

This is a 4-1/2 minute video about the “Plug-and-Spread” method of harvesting water from gullies. Water harvesting including Plug and Spread, in combination with Keyline sub-soiling, wild animal impact and planned grazing of cattle are […]

Bison Return to Texas Indigenous Lands

“As discussed below, efforts are underway to restore bison to native lands in Texas, and elsewhere.  

When Horses Migrated to Eurasia

According to the paper and article below, horses – which evolved in North America –  traveled back and forth across the land bridge between present day Russia and Alaska several times over the last million […]

Attacking Aoudad on Behalf of Bighorn

NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on February 6th, 2017   The Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) say aoudad harm desert mule deer, pronghorn and desert […]

Interesting Facts About the Early Cattle Business

“Ranching’s always been a tough business…  

Lab Grown Artificial ‘Meat’ May Actually Be Worse for the Environment

Fake meat is a horrible idea which  cannot survive economically unless we are dumb enough to subsidize it.    Feedlot beef is BAD for the environment. In contrast, range raised beef – produced as nature […]

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