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Task 3: Grazing management

The RPMC promotes grazing management practices that improve the health of the uplands in the project areas. Better grazing management addresses the root causes of impairment and water quality degradation. Grazing in the dormant season and/or increasing the rest period for grazed land increases the ground cover, particularly cool season grasses. This translates into less bare ground, decreased sheet erosion, and less sediment transport. Objectives of this task are to improve grasslands conditions and support effective grazing management practices. These practices are described in a booklet titled, Rangeland Health and Planned Grazing Field Guide (2003) (EWI, QC, B. Zeedyk, 2003). It is available free through the RPMC.

Projects under this task have included:

Grazing management workshops
Local ranchers, permittees, tribal members, and agencies are the target audience for workshops. The grazing workshops show participants that improved grassland management can increase vegetative cover, control erosion and ultimately improve water quality that is impaired by sediment input.

Herding workshop
Herding workshops put new grazing management strategies into practice, especially since herding is a critical component that is commonly missing from present ranching practices. Participants are given the skills to manage cattle that can result not only in land improvements but also in higher weight gains and healthier cattle.

Herding demonstrations
Experienced herders are hired to demonstrate on-the-ground herding skills taught in the workshop.