Grazing Problems in the Southwest and How to Meet Them

As the studies of rangeland degradation and improvement move forward (Or backward according to some). We all need to seek out the cause of our loss of pristine rangeland conditions found when ranchmen first began to graze livestock on those lands. I recently came across a USDA publication published in 1899, it focuses on rangelands in the exact area that I have the privilege in ranching. The publication is a short read of 48 pages and gives a very good rendition of past events and what might be done to improve or at least return to the excellent grazing capabilities of our rangelands.


Below I have provided the web address of the publication. It is free and an easy read, while you are reading it remind yourself that it was written by a man living within the era of the beginning of the large-scale grazing of the rangeland. I found myself having to ‘pinch’ myself on a regular basis to remind me that it was written in 1899.


While I do not agree with everything Smith has to say, his facts and theories are compelling and anyone dealing with the rangelands of our great nation should study his thoughts carefully.


Grazing Problems in the Southwest and How to Meet Them

By Jared G. Smith

Published 1899


Mid-January photo: Grazed in October; Cool season grasses are responding well to rest period.IMG_0076

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