• Ranch Values and the Federal Grazing Fee

      Lambert, D. K. (Society for Range Management, 1987-09-01)
      Past analysis of the impacts of higher federal grazing fees on ranch values have been purely speculative due to the absence of observations on sales of Western cattle ranches under a wide range of fee levels. An income approach to ranch value determination is described here in which numerous parameters affecting value can be varied. Solutions attained under different grazing fees are capitalized into the net present value of a potential ranch investment. Substantial decreases in ranch revenues and ranch values can occur with large fee increases in cases where public land forage comprises a large share of a ranch's annual forage supply.
    • Ranch-Level Economic Impacts of Predation in a Range Livestock System

      Rashford, Benjamin S.; Foulke, Thomas; Taylor, David T. (Society for Range Management, 2010-06-01)
    • Rancher Boosts Grazing on Large Ranch Fenced in Cells

      Kelton, Elmer (Society for Range Management, 1982-12-01)
    • Rancher Fences Creek to Slow Erosion

      Anseth, Brad (Society for Range Management, 1983-10-01)
    • Rancher Perspectives of a Livestock-Wildlife Conflict in Southern Chile

      HernÄndez, F.; Corcoran, D.; Graells, G.; RÕos, C.; Downey, M. C. (Society for Range Management, 2017-04)
      Biodiversity is an important ecosystem service provided by rangelands. However, the close link between biodiversity and rangelands often results in conflicts between human livelihood and biological conservation, as is occurring with the livestock-guanaco (Lama guanicoe) conflict in Patagonia, Chile. Understanding community attitudes and perspectives regarding conservation is critical for successful conservation. We conducted a study to assess rancher perspectives of traditional land-use practices and biological conservation to identify incentives for, and barriers to, guanaco conservation. Ranchers strongly valued biodiversity and demonstrated stronger support for the cultural value, rather than economic value, of guanacos. However, a negative perception was associated with guanacos, and guanaco overabundance was identified as the primary cause of the conflict. Use of a sustainable-harvest approach of guanaco products, which emphasizes the commercial value of guanacos, may not be an effective conservation tool for the species under current conditions. Moreover, identifying the cultural carrying capacity, ecological carrying capacity, and minimum viable population of guanacos will be important in guiding conflict resolution. © 2017 The Society for Range Management
    • Rancher Response to Changes in Federally Permitted Livestock Numbers in Eastern Oregon

      Quigley, Thomas M.; Gibbs, Kenneth; Sanderson, H. Reed (Society for Range Management, 1986-12-01)
    • Rancher Short Course in the Osage

      Moseley, Mark (Society for Range Management, 1992-08-01)
    • Ranchers and Biologists in Hawai‘i—Keeping a Business Strong and Protecting Native Forests at Ulupalakua Ranch, Maui

      Erdman, Sumner; Medeiros, Arthur; Durso, Anthony; Loope, Lloyd (Society for Range Management, 2000-10-01)
    • Ranchers and Resources Reaping Benefits of CRM

      McClure, Norman R. (Society for Range Management, 1992-08-01)
    • Ranchers as a Keystone Species in a West That Works

      Knight, Richard L. (Society for Range Management, 2007-10-01)
    • Ranchers Control Leafy Spurge

      Lacey, C. A.; Kott, R. W.; Fay, P. K. (Society for Range Management, 1984-10-01)
    • Ranchers Evaluate Contour Furrows for Livestock Grazing

      Lacey, John R.; Mowbray, James R.; Wight, J. Ross (Society for Range Management, 1981-04-01)
    • Ranchers Monitor Montana Rangelands

      Enkerud, Kim (Society for Range Management, 1993-06-01)
    • Ranchers Vs. Ranchettes in California's Oak Rangelands

      Wacker, Matthew J.; Kelly, N. Maggi (Society for Range Management, 2004-04-01)
      Livestock grazing appears a viable and useful vegetation management tool in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.
    • Ranchers, Range, and Remote Sensing

      Boyd, W. E. (Society for Range Management, 1979-10-01)
    • Ranching and Multiyear Droughts in Utah: Production Impacts, Risk Perceptions, and Changes in Preparedness

      Coppock, D. Layne (Society for Range Management, 2011-11-01)
      Droughts characterize rangelands, yet drought research remains limited. Objectives of the study were to determine: 1) effects of the 1999-2004 drought on ranch resources, 2) how ranchers coped with the 1999-2004 drought, 3) whether ranchers have altered their preparedness for future drought, and 4) factors influencing change in preparedness. A phone and mail survey engaged a random sample of 615 ranchers providing 509 usable responses (83%). Data analysis employed descriptive statistics, directional change tests, and logistic regression. Compared to ‘‘normal’’ years, the 1999-2004 drought had negative effects on 75% of operations including major reductions in water supplies, forage, and cattle productivity. One quarter of respondents indicated that the drought had neutral or positive effects, usually because they had unhindered access to water or high-value hay. Only 14% of respondents felt they were adequately prepared for the 1999-2004 drought, illustrated by the high use of federal relief programs and involvement in crisis-related water development, livestock sales, and hay purchases. The ‘‘drought trap’’ was financial (lower revenue and higher costs), with effects well beyond 2004. By 2009 preparedness had reportedly changed. Twenty-nine percent of respondents felt they were better prepared for drought in 2009 than in 1998, a significant shift (P<0.01) in the population. Increased preparedness was significantly associated (P<0.02) with how badly a rancher was affected by the 1999-2004 drought as well as their belief that another drought is imminent. Risk-management tactics now include investment in natural-resource development and conservation plans, reductions in stocking rates, income diversification, and enrollment in insurance and federal disaster-assistance programs. Sixty-one percent of respondents said they were actively planning for future drought. The lessons of 1999-2004 have increased awareness of drought hazards among Utah ranchers, providing opportunity to enhance the financial and ecological sustainability of ranching via well-conceived risk-management initiatives.
    • Ranching as a Conservation Strategy: Can Old Ranchers Save the New West?

      Brunson, Mark W.; Huntsinger, Lynn (Society for Range Management, 2008-03-01)
      Working ranches are often promoted as means of private rangeland conservation because they can safeguard ecosystem services, protect open space, and maintain traditional ranching culture. To understand the potential for generating broad social benefits from what have come to be called ‘‘working landscapes,’’ one must consider the synergies of people, environment, and institutions needed to accomplish conservation, as well as complicating factors of scale and uncertainty. Focusing on the problem as it has unfolded in the western United States, we review the state of knowledge about the extent of ranchland conversion; reasons why maintaining working ranches may benefit conservation; and the challenges and opportunities of rancher demographics, attitudes, values, and propensities for innovation. Based on this review, we explore whether the supply of traditional, full-time ranch owners is likely to be sufficient to meet conservation demand, and conclude that although demographic trends seem to suggest that it is not, there exist alternative enterprises and ownership forms that could achieve the goals of ranch conservation. We offer suggestions on how potential shortfalls might be addressed. 
    • Ranching Efficiency in South Texas—A Rancher's Viewpoint

      Sparks, Kenneth D. (Society for Range Management, 1987-02-01)
    • Ranching in East Africa: A Case Study

      Skovlin, J. M. (Society for Range Management, 1971-07-01)
      Progressive ranching is contrasted with traditional pastoralism in an effort to show how lagging rangelands might contribute more to economies of emerging countries. This is done by illustrating one rancher's success in overcoming the handicaps that limit tropical livestock production. Grassland potential and problems of rangeland development in East Africa are also considered.