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Efficient cattle production on Colorado ranges

Publications Posted on: February 19, 2020
As an aid to securing increased efficiency in range cattle production, this bulletin presents some of the latest results of investigations made in Colorado by the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. These results have been obtained on short-grass ranges and on ponderosa pine-bunchgrass ranges and are applicable in general to most of the plains and mountainous areas of the State.

Rangeland research at Manitou

Publications Posted on: February 12, 2020
Seventeen years of cattle grazing on ponderosa pine-bunchgrass ranges show that a moderate grazing rate of 30-40 percent use of the dominant grasses and sedges was best for sustained forage and livestock production.

Rangeland watershed management

Publications Posted on: February 12, 2020
Rangeland watershed management deals with the problem of how to use rangelands, not in terms of forage and livestock production alone, but on the basis, that forage production and water yield are interdependent and must therefore be considered together.

Grazing intensity trials on seeded ranges in the ponderosa pine zone of Colorado

Publications Posted on: February 12, 2020
Seeding ranges for the improvement of forage values is now a recognized practice. Depleted ranges and abandoned farmlands in the ponderosa pine zone of Colorado can be successfully seeded (Hull and Johnson, 1955). The kind of grass to plant, when, where, and how, have been determined through research, but comparable information on how to graze seeded ranges is scarce.

Herbage utilization on pine-bunchgrass ranges of Colorado

Publications Posted on: February 12, 2020
To manage any range effectively, the operator needs to know what plants make up the forage supply, their relative value as forage, their ability to withstand grazing, and when and how they are grazed. This paper presents the results of studies to determine how cattle utilize several important species on ponderosa pine-bunchgrass ranges in Colorado.

The effect of grazing intensity on plant composition, vigor, and growth of pine-bunchgrass ranges in central Colorado

Publications Posted on: February 12, 2020
What happens to individual forage plants when subjected to different degrees of grazing by cattle? In what way does grazing change growth habits and composition of the herbaceous vegetation? Answers to these basic questions will help the range operator to properly evaluate his range management practices.

Range seeding in the ponderosa pine zone in Colorado

Publications Posted on: February 12, 2020
Successful range seeding can quickly restore grass on depleted openings or parks in the ponderosa pine zone in Colorado. Research results and experience from numerous seedings in the ponderosa pine zone are summarized in this circular to guide ranchers and range managers in seeding ranges successfully.

Symposium Proceedings on Piñon-Juniper Habitats: Status and Management for Wildlife - 2016

Publications Posted on: February 10, 2020
Piñon-juniper vegetation types, including juniper woodland and savannah, piñon-juniper, and piñon woodland, cover approximately 40 million ha in the western United States, where they provide ecosystem services, wildlife habitat, and cultural and aesthetic value (Romme et al. 2009). These ecosystems are also the sites of oil and gas activities, grazing, and urban development and are impacted by changing climate and wildfire.

Cattle diets on pine-bunchgrass range

Publications Posted on: February 05, 2020
Forage samples collected by freely grazing ruminal fistulated steers were analyzed chemically and botanically to ascertain the quality of the diets selected by two herds of Hereford range cows managed under separate grazing systems. The herd grazing native and seeded ranges on an integrated basis was maintained on a high plane of dietary crude protein and phosphorus for a longer period of time than was the herd grazing native ranges only.

Using growing-season precipitation to predict crested wheatgrass yields

Publications Posted on: February 05, 2020
Forage available for use by livestock varies with the season in which ranges are used. Specific precipitation patterns accounted for 87% or more of the variation in forage yields of crested wheatgrass grazed at different seasons in the Front Range of Colorado. Rainfall in April determined forage yields of ranges grazed in the spring; May and July rainfall determined forage yields for fall-grazed ranges.