Friday, November 21, 2014

Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch

Monitoring Plan

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What When Target
Precipitation On critical dates, prior to forage rapid growth windows, or monthly Normal or percent of normal
Forage Availability On critical dates or as needed when rotational grazing Meet AUM needs
Residual (Remaining) Forage After moving animals out of pasture Meet hydrologic needs
Range Condition Every few years Meet ranch objectives
Livestock Grazing Records Throughout grazing season as animals moved  Meet ranch objectives
Livestock Gain Beginning and end of grazing season Meet ranch objectives
Body Condition Critical intervals in production cycle Meet ranch objectives
Financial Health Annually Meet ranch objectives
Markets As needed Meet ranch objectives
Water Resources Annually Meet water quantity and quality needs

Drought Plan Worksheet

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