Modern Methods of Getting Uniform Use of Rangeland – Part 1

In the paper he presented at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the American Society of Range Management, in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1953, Robert E. Williams said, "Getting uniform use of ranges is a problem that has existed since the range was first stocked with domestic animals. It is still one of the most important management problems in modern ranching operations. Many of the practices applied to encourage uniform use of ranges by livestock are not new but have been adapted to fit specific needs." What he had to say back in 1953 still holds true today. "Efficient livestock production requires that all parts of a range unit be grazed as uniformly as possible to the proper degree of use." So, I thought it would be helpful to take a look at what "modern" ideas were back then, and compare it to what we're doing today. This is the first in a three-part series. Modern Methods of Getting Uniform Use of Ranges ROBERT E. WILLIAMS  Area Conservationist, Soil Conservation Service, Crowley, Louisiana. Fleming (1922) pointed out that the carrying capacity of a given range is greater where equal and uniform use takes place than where grazing use is uneven. To achieve uniform use, a range manager must select the proper combination of pr

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