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Video Tour of an Award Winning Ranch

By   /  September 15, 2014  /  Comments Off on Video Tour of an Award Winning Ranch

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In 2011, Todd Mortenson and his family were recognized with the Leopold Conservation Award for their sustainable ranching practices, including rotational grazing, riparian restoration and wildlife conservation.  Todd is the 3rd generation of his family to on this South Dakota ranch and in this video tour he describes some of the practices that have made them successful.

“The things that we have done here have helped in  the ranching operation.  I don’t have to feed my cattle very much.  I don’t have to buy a lot of inputs.  Why? Because I’m taking care of the land and the land is providing those cattle what they need,”  says Todd.  He attributes many of the changes to the land to rotational grazing.

Todd has the same passion for his ranch that many of our readers have.  He says, “I don’t want to live on a place I can’t be proud of.  It’s my goal that when I hand it to my boys, it’s as good as I can do.  It’s not about what I can do to make the most money, it’s about what I can do to sustain my livelihood here and have something to pass on to my children.”

Here’s the link for our tablet readers.

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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