A visit with Tony Tipton

Joy Livingwell
Teels Marsh

Management makes the difference at WSU's Beef Center

Dan Coonrad has managed Washington State University's Beef Center in Pullman for 30 years. Over the last 5 years he has led the Beef Center to more responsive, flexible, and innovative management. Though Coonrad's efforts have supporters among the administration and faculty of this large bureaucratic institution, the vision and direction have come from the Beef Center's staff, which includes students. Results include increased financial independence, better staff morale, and improved stewardship of the Beef Center's 1500-acre land base.

Dennis Wobeser: from feedyard to grass farming

In 1999, Dennis and Jean Wobeser, of Hi-Gain Ranching, in Lloydminster, Alberta, won the Emerald Award in the small-business category. This is the major Canadian environmental award, and this is the first time it has been won by an agricultural operation. In the words of the press release that accompanied the award:

Managed grazing helps river basin resist drought

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe -- By running all livestock in one herd and using holistic planned grazing, the Africa Centre for Holistic Management is healing what was desertifying land.

The Centre's property lies alongside more seriously desertifying communal lands on which many thousands of people and their livestock eke out a living. The following pictures were taken on the same day in the same area, with the same soils and rainfall.

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