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Find out how to improve livestock production while maintaining the value of the soil and land.

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Landowners become concerned when their ranches are identified as an endangered or threatened animal or plant species habitat.

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Cheatgrass has long been thought of as the scourge of the West. In 2007, western state governors declared war on cheatgrass. Now there is a new kid on the block: ventenata.

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Carefully staged “prescribed fire” can reset a rangeland’s biological clock, awaken dormant plants, and breathe new life and diversity into an ecosystem. When fire rolls over a rangeland, it gives perennial sod-forming grasses, which are good sources of forage for livestock, a better chance to take hold.

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We think of cattle and symbiotic relationships primarily with rumen microbes. The animal provides habitat and the microbes help optimize roughage digestion in the cow.

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Larkspurs (Delphinium spp.) are abundant native plants found on foothill and mountain rangelands in most Western states.

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A cattle producer wants to put 25 head of feeder cattle on pasture you are not currently using.

Envisioning 500-pound feeders, you estimate that the pasture will feed 25 500-pound steers for three months ... and you agree.

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