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Of the many resolutions to rangeland degradation, utilizing a relatively simple process of a continuing graze-rest program is the key ingredient. This process can be as intense as the rangeland manager wants it to be and granted the more intense a properly designed program is the faster the recovery of the rangeland. Some producers get trapped into thinking the only way to achieve recovery goals is to quickly move to an intensive grazing program, thus that producer many times elects to not do anything resulting in the recovery process never beginning.

A very effective approach is to begin slowly, utilizing a simple graze-rest program, then when that producer becomes comfortable in that simple approach, he can move to a more complex one if he so desires. The biggest hurdle is getting started by letting go of some of the time-honored traditions and initiating that graze-rest process is a giant step in beginning the recovery of the rangeland resource.

 

Picture is of a specimen of Canada Wild Rye. Excellent winter growth while being rested from a fall grazing. It will provide excellent grazing when the rest period moves to the scheduled graze period.

 

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Rangelands and Ranching: A Study of Proper Use of Rangelands & the Environment by Frank S Price

My son and I ranch a cow-calf, wooled sheep and hair sheep operation in West Central Texas. We operate 7 different grazing units and utilize a single herd, traditional pasture grazing program within all these units. My son represents is the 5th generation of this enterprise that was started in 1876 by my great grandfather. He and his brother began by driving a herd of cattle from Ennis Texas to Santa Anna Texas, ultimately driving the herd of cattle they had built to Kansas markets and returned to Sterling County, to begin a permanent ranching operation. Rainfall within our scattered operations runs from 17” to 20”. The winters, while going into the single digits on occasion are relatively mild compared to ranches further north, resulting in mostly mild winters producing usable cool season growth along with the dominant warm season plants.

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