Livestock guardian dogs play a valuable role in protecting small ruminants while they graze. Here are selection and training tips from a specialist in helping ranchers choose and train a successful guardian.
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Regenerative Agriculture category
See how a researcher and his family restored soil health, native grasses and diverse forages to abused and neglected land. Today, herds of sheep, goats and now bison continue the process as they graze under regenerative management.
Shared goals and long-term mindsets make the best partnerships for regenerative management of leased land.
Good communication and getting landlord buy-in are good starting points when building soil health on leased grazing land.
Converting from conventional cropping to regenerative practices can be a challenge in the early years. Noble Research Institute ranch manager Kevin Pierce shares what he’s learning as he plants cover crops to build soil health on Red River Ranch.
Cover crops have skyrocketed in popularity over the last several years — and for good reason. But are they always the only answer? Steve Swaffar, ag consultant at Noble Research Institute, says, “it depends.”
Stockmanship takes on extra importance and value when moving animals in a regenerative ranching operation.
Your context and goals will dictate the warm-season mix you need on your regenerative ranch.
Monitoring wildlife populations and variety on your ranch can be a barometer and a decision-making tool.
In the context of sustainable agricultural production, biodiversity is important in several ways. As biodiversity increases, ecosystem functions improve, ecosystem stability improves and overall production increases.