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.
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.
If 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.
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.