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Grazing Principles at Work, Part 1 – Management Intensive Grazing in an Arid Environment

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Successful grazing management grows out of an understanding of some basic principles, like how plant
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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. AFCz says:

    Not quite certain how one can discuss rotational grazing specifically in arid environments without defining an arid environment (evaporation rate is greater to much greater than annual rainfall) and without a commenting on recovery time. The 1/2 rule of thumb typically infers shorter recovery times whereas more arid (lower the carrying capacity) the environment the longer the recovery times required to sustain or improve the rangeland.

  2. red says:

    Interesting. One major occupation for us is get rid of the ants. Ants will harvest every seed they can, and grass and clover are just the right size for them. Yes, they haul off weed seeds, but most weed seeds carry some sort of toxins, but rarely do grass or clover. Imported fire ants, first. One cup cornmeal or corn flour one each nest, then run. They’ll clean it up, and if it weakened the nest enough, other ants will raid and carry off grubs and eggs to feed their young. hasta

    • AFCz says:

      Red….is this technique your development to rid your property of fire ant using cornmeal or do you have a source reference as just interested. To be certain, we will try this technique in the Hill Country.

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