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Ladder Livestock Conservation Plan

Ladder Livestock (CAP) Grazing Plan

    • Client: USDA National Resource Conservation Service
    • Date: August, 2010 – February, 2011
    • Project Type: Rangeland Management
    • Info:  Ladder Livestock contracted Blue Mountain to work with ranch operators to develop a comprehensive grazing plan.

  • Ladder Livestock is a large and complicated grazing operation in Colorado and Wyoming with 140,000 deeded or leased acres.

  • The components of a grazing conservation activity plan are defined by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). They include an inventory of ranch infrastructure, forage inventories, and estimateas of grazing utilization.

  • Blue Mountain used the information from these inventories to complete forage balance worksheets and develop a grazing rotation plan. The plan will preserve rangeland condition while meeting animal forage needs. We developed Ecological Range Site maps by evaluating topography and vegetation. Our report used NRCS guidelines to supplement forage descriptions.