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Ranchlands is seeking a ranch or partnership with a ranch owner as a home for a herd of 1000+ buffalo. For details email info@ranchlands.com. We are also now accepting ranch management proposals/inquiries.



Planned Grazing

In customizing our grazing tactics to each ranch, we evaluate riparian areas, aquifer systems, wildlife and vegetation ecologies, and work to tailor and execute an appropriate conservation plan. Part  of our plan is to make contact with appropriate local conservation entities that can help with site specific expertise and resources. We can also consult on the provision of ecosystem services such as conservation easements, wetland mitigation banks, and carbon offsets. 


 

n our view, nature is where ranching starts. Ranchlands embeds this idea into every facet of its operations. We combine state of the art grazing techniques with science-based monitoring matrixes, to make certain that we understand the effect of our management practices on the land.

Ranchlands’ management model always places the highest priority on restoring vegetative and wildlife ecologies. We use cattle as a tool to disturb the surface of the land to achieve conservation goals by recycling nutrients and improving the water cycle, mimicking the symbiotic relationship between the North American High Plains grasslands and the great bison herds of the past.


livestock stocking rates are balanced with 

the desired objective, which means that in some

cases the number of livestock is very limited 

in order to facilitate priorities in other areas


In some cases, the goal is to manage strictly for wildlife habitat, in others, a balance between livestock and wildlife. In other environments, emphasis will be placed on a specific biologic goal such as providing habitat for an endangered species, controlling erosion, managing exotic weed encroachment, or managing to promote resident wild game herds. For instance, at the Medano-Zapata Ranch, managed by Ranchlands since 2004, the governing management goal is the development of the 2,000 head bison herd as a conservation species. In each of these scenarios, livestock stocking rates are balanced with the desired objective, which means that in some cases the number of livestock is very limited in order to facilitate priorities in other areas.

Successful rehabilitation requires knowledge of animal behaviors, stocking rates, densities and grazing patterns, vegetative growth and dormancy seasons, moisture requirements and ecosystem dynamics. Knowledge, therefore, is our primary tool. We try to understand the natural processes and to work within that dynamic.

CONTACT US 719.428.5006 info@ranchlands.com