Managing Risk on the Ranch A Drought Planning Guide for Livestock and Forage Producers. I remember I was on a tour during the drought of ’02 and a grazing guru from Hawaii was on it. They asked him what should we do about the drought.
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Managing Risk on the Ranch
A Drought Planning Guide for Livestock and Forage Producers
I remember I was on a tour during the drought of ’02 and a grazing guru from Hawaii was on it. They asked him what should we do about the drought.
He said, ‘It’s too late to do anything about the drought now. You should have planned for it when you had good weather. I thought, ‘That’s pretty stupid’. The more I got to thinking about it, the more I think he was right.
(Nebraska Rancher 2005)
National Drought Mitigation Center
School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ted Alexander Ranch Drought Plan (1999)
Began hearing and reading that best management practices and holistic management made producers more resilient to drought
Needed more information….
Have recent drought years affected your long-term management goals?
What practices have you implemented to reduce the
effects of drought?
Some best management practices and others specifically for drought
What are the barriers that limit your ability to prepare for drought?
Rancher Thoughts on How to Overcome Barriers
Assistance – Education – Collaboration – Personal Responsibility
PI: Cody Knutson, Water Resources/Social Scientist
National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ryan Bjerke, Graduate Student, NDMC
Barry Dunn, Ranch Management, Texas A&M-Kingsville
Brian Fuchs, Climatologist, NDMC
Roger Gates, Range Management, South Dakota State University (SDSU)
Mark Mesarch, Web Developer, NDMC
Ben Kutsch/Steve Goddard, Computer Science and Engineering, UNL
Pat Reece, Rangeland Ecologist, Panhandle Research and Extension, UNL
Meghan Sittler, Research and Outreach, NDMC
Sandy Smart, Range Scientist, SDSU
Matt Stockton, Agricultural Economist, West Central Research and Extension, UNL
Dick Clark, Agricultural Economist, Retired UNL
Mike Hayes, Director and Climate Impacts Specialist, NDMC
Terry Klopfenstein, Ruminant Nutrition, Retired UNL
Rick Rasby, Beef Specialist, Animal Science, UNL
Jerry Volesky, Range/Forage Spec., West Central Research and Extension, UNL
Current “Buffet” Website Approach
Ranchers pick-and-choose from a list of information
Published Drought Planning Guide
Drought Management on Range and Pastureland:
A Handbook for Nebraska and South Dakota
Pat Reece, Jack Alexander, and James Johnson (1991) Lincoln, NE: University of
Nebraska-Lincoln Cooperative Extension Division
Project Goal: Incorporate this type of information into a drought planning process and training website
Drought Planning Website
Ikua Purdy, Hawaii’s famous paniolo
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