Content tagged "rangeland management"

Economics of Drought Management in Livestock

 Photo taken by F Delventhal and used under CC 2.0Drought affects ranches directly in terms of the amount of forage produced and water availability for...

Habitat Management and Improvement

Updated: April 03, 2016

Written by Rachel Frost and Jeff Mosley, Montana State University  Rangelands provide a home for many kinds of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles,...

Diet Selection of Grazing Animals

Updated: March 30, 2015

Written by Rachel Frost and Jeff Mosley, Montana State UniversityThink about the wide variety in foodstuffs consumed by people around the world. What people...

Factors that Affect Nutritional Requirements of Animals

Updated: March 10, 2015

Written by Rachel Frost and Jeff Mosley, Montana State University The nutrient requirements of domestic livestock have been provided in detail by various...

How Plants Respond to Grazing

Updated: March 10, 2015

Written by Rachel Frost and Jeff Mosley, Montana State UniversityWhile strategies to cope with grazing vary greatly between plant species, plants in general...

animal units

Updated: March 10, 2015

An animal unit is 1,000 pounds of grazing animal. Ruminant grazing animals consume about 2.6% of their body weight per day; therefore, an animal unit...

Calculating Stocking Rate

Updated: March 10, 2015

Written by Rachel Frost, Montana State UniversityThe most important decision for successful range management is setting a proper stocking rate. Stocking rate...

Calculating Carrying Capacity

Updated: March 10, 2015

Carrying capacity is the number of grazing animals a piece of land can support long term without causing harm to rangeland resources (vegetation, soils, and...

Rangeland Inventory Monitoring Assessment

Updated: September 17, 2014

Written by Rachel Frost, Montana State UniversityMonitoring is a valuable tool for the management of public and private rangelands. It plays a critical role...

Classification of Rangelands (Ecological Sites)

Updated: August 29, 2014

Written by Brad Schultz, Extension Educator, Winnemucca, NevadaCurrently, the most widely accepted classification system for rangelands is the Ecological...

How Rangelands Change Through Time (State and Transition Models)

Updated: March 26, 2014

Written by Brad Schultz, Extension Educator, Winnemucca, NevadaEarly research about changes in plant communities across time, or plant succession, on...

2013 SRM Annual Meeting Plenary Session Recordings

Prescribed Fire Updated: July 10, 2013

In February the Society for Range Management held the 66th annual International meeting, technical training and trade show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Native...

Rangeland Vegetation Habitat Classification

Updated: October 05, 2012

Written by Rachel Frost, Montana State UniversityThere are no clear boundaries that define vegetation types across rangeland landscapes. However, grouping...

Rangeland Economics

Updated: October 05, 2012

Written by John Tanaka, University of WyomingRangeland economics is the application of economic theory and principles to issues related to rangeland...

Grazing Fees on Public Rangelands

Updated: October 05, 2012

Written by John Tanaka, University of Wyoming; Adapted from: Torell, L.A., L.W. Van Tassell, N.R. Rimbey, E.T. Bartlett, T. Bagwell, P. Burgener, and J....

Economics of Rangeland Improvement Practice

Updated: October 05, 2012

Written by John Tanaka, University of Wyoming

Rangeland Vegetation Management and Restoration

Updated: October 05, 2012

Written by Rachel Frost, Montana State UniversitySometimes the present plant community on a site may not meet a landowner's needs for managing livestock,...

Plant Communities and Succession

Updated: October 05, 2012

Written by Brad Schultz, Extension Educator, Winnemucca, NevadaPlant communities on rangelands typically are composed of a mixture of grasses, forbs, and...

Past Plant Succession Models

Updated: October 05, 2012

Written by Brad Schultz, Extension Educator, Winnemucca, NevadaVegetation change and succession on rangelands was historically measured or modeled with the...

Overview of State and Transition Models

Updated: October 05, 2012

Written by Brad Schultz, Extension Educator, Winnemucca, NevadaState and transition models were developed to help land managers make better decisions when...

Components of State and Transition Models

Updated: October 05, 2012

Written by Brad Schultz, Extension Educator, Winnemucca, Nevada State and transition models have four primary components: states, transitions, thresholds,...

Rangeland Grazing Systems

Updated: October 05, 2012

Written by Rachel Frost and Jeff Mosley, Montana State UniversityA grazing system is a particular way of managing the interactions between plants, soils, and...

Basics of Grass Growth

Updated: October 03, 2012

Adapted from: M.J. Trlica. 2006. Grass Growth and Response to Grazing. Colorado State University Extension Publication no. 6.108....

Rangeland Plants

Updated: October 03, 2012

Written by Rachel Frost, Montana State UniversityRangeland plants are a key component of the ecosystems they inhabit.  They are the blanket that covers and...

Types of Range Plants

Updated: October 03, 2012

Written by Rachel Frost, Montana State UniversityGrasses are plants with jointed stems. The stems are normally hollow between the joints (node). Leaves are...

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