Stocking Rates: The First Step to Stewardship

Stocking Rates: The First Step to Stewardship

The Cattleman

Gilda V. Bryant

Sometimes it is difficult for a rancher to get a handle on stocking rates, and that may lead to overgrazing. Fortunately, cattlemen can use proven management and stewardship strategies to protect their rangelands and pastures. The Texas Grazing Lands Coalition (GLC) (grazinglands.org) is a non-profit organization that promotes good stewardship of grazing lands. Jenny Pluhar, executive director, says, “We have 10 grazing specialists across Texas to assist ranchers and grazers, funded with dedicated money from Grazing Lands Coalition through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). We also provide programming and information to a wide variety of other organizations, such as Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) and Texas Farm Bureau.”

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