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New tools will provide producers with consistent data and information to make effective decisions quicker.
The intuitive approach to determining stocking rate adjustments uses producers' experience and historical information.
Woody plants are encroaching rangelands in the Southern Great Plains.
Many producers haven't restocked to pre-drought cow numbers, and the welcomed rains have resulted in excess forage. When frost arrives this fall, there will be abundant standing forage in many areas, but the quality will be more extreme than we typically encounter.
A grazing stick can be used by cattle producers to help determine proper stocking rates. Chuck Coffey, sr. pasture and range consultant, shows how to use this simple tool to take forage measurements in winter pasture. Hugh Aljoe, consultation program manager, then demonstrates how to use two calculators available on the Noble Research Institute's website to translate field data into carrying capacity and reserve herd days figures. Use of the grazing stick and the online calculators can help ranchers make better stocking rate decisions.
Fire is a natural process to which plant communities have adapted. Drought, which in recent years has been a major issue in the Southern Great Plains, is also a natural process to which these plant communities have adapted.
As more land managers use growing-season burns to meet their goals, livestock stocking rates become even more important.