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Nebraska's Rex Ranch keeps an eye on grazing

One of the most common concerns for ranchers attending the Nebraska Grazing Conference is determining if the knowledge they gain can be applied to their own operations, and if so how they can use it. Many ranchers from the Sandhills wonder how to apply these techniques since they deal with a smaller amounts of annual rainfall, larger pastures and a different type of grass and soil than many of the speakers who successfully mob graze.

At this year's conference, Chip Ramsay of the Rex Ranch in Ashby, NE, addressed how his Sandhills ranch has successfully modified some of these techniques for use on the ranch.

The Rex Ranch is located in five separate parcels between Whitman and Alliance, NE. The ranch averages about 17-20 inches of annual rainfall. Ramsay describes the ranch as mostly hilly ground with about 10-15 percent meadows. Ramsay said income on the ranch is mainly generated from cow-calf and stocker feeder enterprises.

"We have disciplined written grazing planning and implementation favoring principles taught by Allen Savory," Ramsay explained. "We have a year-round grazing plan, and if we can, we only graze the hills one time during the growing season. We rotate all winter long each year. We don't have summer and winter pastures."

Listening to the other speakers at the conference, Ramsay conveyed to the group the importance of coming to events like the Nebraska Grazing Conference to learn new techniques and share ideas. As a result, Ramsay said some of the techniques have helped the Rex Ranch better utilize the resources they have available. "We have not become as intensive as some," he said. "But, it might be our next big step. We would like to find ways to better utilize our meadows to see if we could double our production on those meadows. We think it is doing some good the way we graze," he added.

One of the most common concerns for ranchers attending the Nebraska Grazing Conference is determining if the knowledge they gain can be applied to their own operations, and if so how they can use it. Many ranchers from the Sandhills wonder how to apply these techniques since they deal with a smaller amounts of annual rainfall, larger pastures and a different type of grass and soil than many of the speakers who successfully mob graze.

At this year's conference, Chip Ramsay of the Rex Ranch in Ashby, NE, addressed how his Sandhills ranch has successfully modified some of these techniques for use on the ranch.

The Rex Ranch is located in five separate parcels between Whitman and Alliance, NE. The ranch averages about 17-20 inches of annual rainfall. Ramsay describes the ranch as mostly hilly ground with about 10-15 percent meadows. Ramsay said income on the ranch is mainly generated from cow-calf and stocker feeder enterprises.

"We have disciplined written grazing planning and implementation favoring principles taught by Allen Savory," Ramsay explained. "We have a year-round grazing plan, and if we can, we only graze the hills one time during the growing season. We rotate all winter long each year. We don't have summer and winter pastures."

Listening to the other speakers at the conference, Ramsay conveyed to the group the importance of coming to events like the Nebraska Grazing Conference to learn new techniques and share ideas. As a result, Ramsay said some of the techniques have helped the Rex Ranch better utilize the resources they have available. "We have not become as intensive as some," he said. "But, it might be our next big step. We would like to find ways to better utilize our meadows to see if we could double our production on those meadows. We think it is doing some good the way we graze," he added.

One of the most common concerns for ranchers attending the Nebraska Grazing Conference is determining if the knowledge they gain can be applied to their own operations, and if so how they can use it. Many ranchers from the Sandhills wonder how to apply these techniques since they deal with a smaller amounts of annual rainfall, larger pastures and a different type of grass and soil than many of the speakers who successfully mob graze.

At this year's conference, Chip Ramsay of the Rex Ranch in Ashby, NE, addressed how his Sandhills ranch has successfully modified some of these techniques for use on the ranch.

The Rex Ranch is located in five separate parcels between Whitman and Alliance, NE. The ranch averages about 17-20 inches of annual rainfall. Ramsay describes the ranch as mostly hilly ground with about 10-15 percent meadows. Ramsay said income on the ranch is mainly generated from cow-calf and stocker feeder enterprises.

"We have disciplined written grazing planning and implementation favoring principles taught by Allen Savory," Ramsay explained. "We have a year-round grazing plan, and if we can, we only graze the hills one time during the growing season. We rotate all winter long each year. We don't have summer and winter pastures."

Listening to the other speakers at the conference, Ramsay conveyed to the group the importance of coming to events like the Nebraska Grazing Conference to learn new techniques and share ideas. As a result, Ramsay said some of the techniques have helped the Rex Ranch better utilize the resources they have available. "We have not become as intensive as some," he said. "But, it might be our next big step. We would like to find ways to better utilize our meadows to see if we could double our production on those meadows. We think it is doing some good the way we graze," he added.


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