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More Cows + Confusion and Disarray = Better Landscapes and an Improved Bottom-line

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It isn’t easy managing cattle to rehabilitate landscapes because mother nature is chaotic. Here are Bob Budd’s philosophies on making it work.

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Bob Budd is now Executive Director of the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust. If you’
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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.


  1. Ben Berlinger says:

    Thank you Kathy for publishing this exerpt from Bob’s paper. What a joy to read about such a refreshingly adaptive philosopy of natural resouce management! Keep up the excellent work…!

    • Dan Nosal says:

      I particularly liked Bob’s comment about federal agencies characterizing some ranges as “unsuitable” for grazing because of slope and distance from water. Essentially we are succumbing to the notion that animals need to be pampered and cannot hustle to get their groceries, thereby reducing the opportunity for increased stock density and disturbance.

      • Andrew says:

        This is correct, Dan. When we were herding cattle in Africa, we used only native African Sanga breeds and crosses, they regularly grazed three days from water without any distress, matching the genetics with the environment and management style is key to successful holistic management.

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