Land Stewardship > Livestock Management

The thoughtful management of livestock goes hand in hand with land stewardship and often produces the best long-term economic return.

Domestic livestock production measured in animal growth, milk production, or reproduction all comes from what they eat.  Profitability often increases and expenses often decrease when livestock can rely primarily on the native vegetation provided in Central Texas.  Mining involves extracting a product over short period of time.  Conservation grazing involves ensuring your land is productive from one generation to the next. 

Grass Management
A critical measure of rangeland health is the amount of residual forage left after grazing.  When land is overgrazed, the number of desirable plants decreases while the number of undesirable plants increases. When land is grazed properly, there is a reserve of leaf and stem left so that the plants recover.  This residual forage protects the plant crown from cold, heat and insect damage.  Documents found at show how leaving residual increases future range productivity and cattle production.  Good rules of thumb to follow include:

Specific Tips for Cattle

Specific Tips for Sheep

Specific Tips for Goats