Matching feed availability to cattle needs: a paradigm shift at the Broughton Land Company

Changing the calving season to better match the availability of pasture with the nutritional needs of the herd has resulted in cutting winter feed costs by half and being able to sell 14,000 more pounds of calves last year at the Broughton Land Company's ranch near Dayton, Washington.

Managing for a whole forest

JOSEPH, OREGON--For Bob Jackson, the most important factor in forest management is the direction, not the speed or efficiency. Results are created one day at a time.

Recommended books

Favorites from the editors of Managing Wholes.

Peter Donovan's top 10 recommended books

Landscape brittleness: how "good" management can harm land

Summary: Landscapes in different climates respond very differently to similar management. Management that doesn't suit the landscape is the leading cause of desertification worldwide.

Brittleness: an introduction


Building trust while working with livestock, part 1

For a decade and more, Bud Williams has been teaching methods and attitudes about handling livestock that are different from what many people in the livestock industry have grown up with.

Building trust while working with livestock, part 2

In Part 1 of Building Trust while Working with Livestock, Bud Williams outlined the situation in livestock handling today, the difficulties of change, the benefits of change, and the attitudes and beliefs that are involved in shifting from a high-stress, forceful approach to low-stress, nonviolent methods. In Part 1 he also began to describe the principles of good stockmanship, beginning with the need to move in straight lines.

The principle of pressure/release

Building trust while working with livestock, part 3

Last issue Bud talked about pressure/release, the flight zone, movement, and working with dogs. Here Bud shares some of what he has learned over the years, and answers a question about labor requirements for herding.

Building trust while working with livestock, part 4

In the last installment, Bud talked about what he has learned about teaching and herding. This time we learn about the importance of training, and about driving, sorting, stress, and teaching and learning.


There's hardly anybody in this group who uses horses who would consider taking a horse that had never ever been handled at all, and just throwing a saddle onto it and going out to gather cattle. They'd want to work with them at least for a couple of minutes.

Burrows Stewardship Day 2002

Summary: A day of presentations and workshops, hosted yearly since 1987 at Burrows Ranch in Red Bluff, California, U.S.A. This year's topics included:

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