Glenn Shewmaker, professor at the University of Idaho, wants to help ranchers save money. According to Shewmaker, livestock producers who implement managed grazing practices could see increased carrying capacity of pastures, extended grazing seasons, and reduced winter feed costs.
Increasing carrying capacity could reduce annual cow production cost by up to $100/cow. For a typical ranching operation of 350 cows, this could represent an annual savings of $35,000.
NIFA supports this project through the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program.