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1 October 2013 Case Study: Adaptive Grazing Management at Rancho Largo Cattle Company
Grady Grissom, Tim Steffens
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  • Goal-driven ecologically based grazing management moved a ranching operation from negative economic returns to profit.

  • Management adaptively manipulated the duration, seasonality, and frequency of grazing with a goal to recruit cool-season midgrasses. A change to recovery periods based on plant physiology of goal species was a key adaptation.

  • Recruitment of both cool- and warm-season mid-grasses improved water cycling, extended the grazing season, and eventually increased sustainable stocking rates.

  • Flexible stocking rates were central to improved profit.

Grady Grissom and Tim Steffens "Case Study: Adaptive Grazing Management at Rancho Largo Cattle Company," Rangelands 35(5), 35-44, (1 October 2013). https://doi.org/10.2111/RANGELANDS-D-13-00015.1
Published: 1 October 2013
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adaptive management
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diverse cattle enterprises
flexible stocking rates
frequency of grazing
seasonality of grazing
western wheatgrass recruitment
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