Category Archives: Drought Management

2016 weather outlook: Is drought in the forecast?

 If you don’t have a drought plan, get one. In fact, you should have had one yesterday. Do you even know how to do a drought plan? If not, get started learning today. Ask me. Drought planning is especially essential … Continue reading

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Ranch Diaries: Spared from drought, for now, in New Mexico

 In ranching, no matter how carefully you plan to reduce risk, you answer to the weather first. That can be an extremely stressful reality. In addition to taking a toll on landscapes and livestock, drought is hard on people. But … Continue reading

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Drought management for pastures: Q & A

Believe it or not, I have actually had conventionally trained  range management graduates slap their foreheads and say, “Dang, I never thought of that” when I told them that “the sooner you destock the less you will have to destock.” … Continue reading

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Intensive cell grazing for times of drought: It works!

I learned a long 
time ago you 
cannot plan 
for a drought in 
a drought. 
If that is your 
plan, you are 
way too late If you can read carefully and follow a fairly complex set of instructions, Planned Grazing … Continue reading

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Grazing Series Part 4: 7 resources for pasture management in times of drought

Is a serious drought looming, and are you ready for one? In the fourth installment of our April Grazing Series, we revisit seven BEEF magazine resources for managing pastures in times of dry conditions. Sigh…why do they have to make such … Continue reading

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Drought and the Failure of Big Government in California

 In California, those who control the political system have ensured that water will not go to those who value it most highly. Instead, water will be allocated in purely arbitrary fashion based on who has the most lobbyists and the … Continue reading

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El Nino is here, but may not influence spring precipitation

For what it is worth which is not much for those of you doing planned grazing. For those of you who aren’t, drought is of very little concern to us. Our planning technique and management method insures we will NEVER … Continue reading

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El Nino to bring cold and dry conditions to Prairies

So what is the role of El Nino in anthropological climate change? (satirical sarcasm, in case you didn’t notice). Hey folks, they can’t even predict next week’s weather with any reasonable degree of reliability. — jtl, 419  by Dave Sims via … Continue reading

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Out Here in The Middle

by Chris Gill at The Circle Ranch Out Here in The Middle is a short video about summer at the Circle Ranch, in the high-desert mountains of far-West Texas. It is just a presentation of some of the most scenic beauty … Continue reading

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Holistic Management: Another Tool In Your Kit Bag

This introduction to this article is extracted from the preface to my new book Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Field Manual (see below). But first, please realize that “Holistic Planning” is not a grazing system. It is a planning method with … Continue reading

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