Cattle production capacity on western rangelands is potentially vulnerable to climate change through impacts on the amount of forage, changes in vegetation type, heat stress, and year-to-year forage variability. The researchers in this study projected climate change effects to rangelands through 2100 and compared them to a present-day baseline to estimate vulnerability of cattle operations.
Miller, Sue; Reeves, Matt; Bagne, Karen; Tanaka, John. 2017. Science You Can Use (SYCU) - Where’s the beef? Predicting the effects of climate change on cattle production in western U.S. rangelands. Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 27. Fort Collins, CO: Rocky Mountain Research Station. 11 p.