Land & Livestock Resources for Managers
Land and livestock managers need to know about issues that run the gamut from invasive plants, to wildlife biology, to public lands’ policy. Organized by category below.
- Guide to poisonous plants – A guide to the plants that may be toxic to livestock.
- How exactly do toxic plants result in livestock death? Learn more – from the BEHAVE network
- Use livestock behavior as a land management solution – The BEHAVE Network has excellent information on how livestock learn to eat, applied towards managing landscapes with these principles in mind.
- Caring for livestock during disaster – Fires and floods affect us all. Here are resources for preparing for well-being of livestock in emergency situations.
Stocking Rate and Site Potential
- Calculating stocking rate and carrying capacity – resources for calculating forage needs of your livestock relative to the forage you are likely to produce.
- Know your land’s potential – land differs based on soil, topography and climate. These factors influence the potential vegetation. Use knowledge of sites on your land to make sure goals are realistic.
- Colorado Forage Guide – Includes information on different forage and pasture grasses, seeding suggestions for various sites, and suggested seeding rates for selected plants.
- Dryland Pasture Condition Assessment & Guidelines for Colorado Small Acreage – an easy-to-read resource with information on assessing pasture condition, suggestions for improvements, key strategies for improvement and more.
- Intermountain Grass and Legume Forage Production Manual, 2nd Edition – Information on plant selection, pest management, fertility management, irrigation, animal grazing and more.
- Good fences make good neighbors. Fence repair with Routt County Agricultural Agent, Todd Hagenbuch
- Managing for drought – Information on adaptive strategies to drought, making a plan, how plants respond to drought
Public Lands & Wildlife
Public Lands | Monitoring
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for Ranchers
- Rangeland Monitoring
- Colorado Resource Monitoring Initiative – Colorado Cattleman’s Association
Endangered Species Management | Wildlife Management
- Best Management Practices for Cheatgrass from Colorado State Parks
- Cheatgrass Management Handbook – Published jointly by UW and CSU Extension.