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Stories of a cowgirl living life by her own lights

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These Beef Production Technologies Look Like Keepers

Technological advancements for beef production come and go but there are a few I think may prove useful as we head into the future of cattle grazing and rangeland management.

Click here to read more about these advancements in technology on my Beef Producer blog.

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Focus on forages, conservation sustains family ranch’s future

kopriva_family The great thing about being a journalist and ag writer is it gives me the opportunity to meet and talk to some amazing farming and ranching families across the United States. One such family, the Koprivas, of South Dakota, are one that I especially enjoyed getting the chance to interview. I was grateful to Lee Kopriva (@sdgriller on Twitter) for taking time out his busy schedule to share with me the innovative grazing management and grassland conservation strategies his family’s ranch has implemented.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you aren’t familiar with Kopriva Angus of Raymond, SD, they were the 2012 winners of the Leopold Conservation Award. This award is given annually in South Dakota to ranchers and land stewards who embrace conservation efforts and the land ethic of renowned ecologist and land advocate Aldo Leopold.

In addition, the Kopriva’s raise seedstock and commercial Angus cattle on a nearly 2,000-acre spread of pasture and grazing lands amongst the James River Valley and the Coteau Hills in northeastern region of the state. Read more about Kopriva Angus and how their focus on forages, grazing, and conservation is allowing them to sustain their family’s ranch future in the cattle business in my recent producer feature article I wrote for Progressive Forage Grower.

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Ranch Land Monitoring Boosts Profitability

Well-done monitoring of ranch land should lead to improved rangeland health, better animal performance and more black ink on the bottom line. In addition, as can be seen in the photos below, it provides an excellent means of documenting changes in ecological health due to management changes over time. Learn how by reading my Beef Producer blog, Fodder for Thought found HERE

Taken in September 2007 following grazing on a Montana ranch, this photo shows 750 pounds of forage per acre with 10 inches rainfall.

In September 2011 at the same transect and photo point good grazing management plus a 2008 seeding of some native warm-season grass produced 2,500 pounds of forage on 11 inches of rainfall.


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