Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch

Inventory Resources

An inventory of resources helps you and all of your partners know what you have to work with.

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What to Inventory Why Inventory? How to Inventory

Range & Forage Resources

  • Range/Ecological Site
  • Range Condition
  • Forage Production
  • Other Feed Supplies
This information will help in developing an appropriate grazing system and plan for feed deficits due to drought. Inventory Forage and Range Resources

Herd Resources

  • Number & Class of Livestock
  • AU's throughout the Year
  • Feed Needs
  • Current Stocking Rate
This information helps you understand your feed needs during drought, and plan for them. Inventory Herd

Water Resources

  • Wells/Pipelines
  • Capacity
  • Water Quality
This information helps you understand your current water capacity, and to develop a plan for water development, if needed, to support your grazing system and withstand drought. Inventory Water Resources

Drought History

  • Historical Frequency of Drought
  • Most and Least Precipitation Received
  • Average Precipitation and Timing
This information helps you decide if you are prepared for the frequency and severity of drought in your area.  Also, knowing when to expect precipitation helps you determine critical decision-making dates. Average Precipitation and Drought Severity

Financial Resources

  • Cash Flow

Drought Plan Worksheet


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