Does Cattle Grazing Reduce Fire Fuels and Fire Danger?

The last few fire seasons have clearly demonstrated that fires are coming more frequently and at sizes that challenge our ability to fight and/or control them. While grazing has been considered and ev

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2 thoughts on “Does Cattle Grazing Reduce Fire Fuels and Fire Danger?

  1. Yep, 100% agree. We saw it in the Big Horn fires near Tucson this last summer. Fire came within 6 miles of my town, then stopped. They stopped where the ‘wilderness’ was and ranch country began.

    Cattle browse here, and break down dead brush, trample it into the earth where termites can get to it easily. Wood is broken down and taken deep underground, not left on the surface to feed a fire. If the manure is coarse enough, they take that, as well, or dung beetles will, if a rancher is very careful about insecticides and wormers.

  2. I do silvopasture grazing of my dairy herd in a pine plantation in Alabama.

    In my experience, intensive grazing is a great tool especially when used in conjunction with prescribed burning to reduce fuel loads and wildfire risk.

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