Do Not Ask Who is the Problem Ask Why the Problem Is

Considerable discussion and comments to recent posts has been had as to who is responsible for our degraded rangelands and the continuation of that degradation. Perhaps it would be much more productive to identify what the cause of this loss of rangeland productivity is and how to resolve that cause. Once this has been accomplished, perhaps finding those responsible would be in order. Be careful though, as each of us probably has been part of the problem, whether it be producer, scientist, extension, or politician. Everyone involved in caring for the rangeland is responsible to some degree, blame will not resolve the problem. This is true with virtually every problem locally, nationally and personally. Placing blame seldom resolves an issue. Establishing the cause and treating it the best resolution, treating symptoms is only a temporary fix.

A very telling difference between the two photos below. First is one day after deep freeze this past month. Cattle fared the storm well although the rangeland is very slow in recovery.

Second photo was taken 1st on March last year. Ranching is only predicable in one way in West Central Texas. IT WILL BE DRY MORE OFTEN THAN NOT!

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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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