Three ranchers share their sustainability practices to celebrate Earth Day
DENVER, April 21, 2022/PRNewswire/ — The United States is home of some of the most beautiful land on the planet, as well as beef farmers and ranchers who spend decades working to preserve it. The United States produces the highest quality sustainable beef in the world because of their dedication.1
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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is sharing the stories and experiences of three ranchers in honor of Earth Day. They are contractors to the BeefCheckoff.
Sixth-generation ranchers find the cattle business second nature Jim Strickland. As the owner of Strickland Ranch as well as managing partner of Blackbeard’s Ranch Manatee County FloridaHe’s dedicated his life to conserving the land, waterways and habitat of the Myakka River Valley. Blackbeard’s Ranch was awarded the 2019 National Geographic Award Environmental Stewardship AwardThank you for your hard work.
Strickland saw a chance to educate newcomers about ranch lands as there were thousands of residents moving into the area every day. He also led the effort for one-third Blackbeard’s Ranch to be designated as a permanent conservation easement. This ensures that land is not subject to development and preserves and protects native waterways.
Strickland uses wind and solar energy to provide clean water to cattle and implement a rotational grazing program. Strickland has also established mini dams on thousands upon thousands of acres of creeks, helping to store and hydrate water on the ranch. This will help improve water quality before it reaches our oceans. Florida.
It’s also Strickland’s birthday, as if that wasn’t enough to make it clear that Earth Day is very dear to his heart.
The north end of the island is a picture postcard paradise with a tourist hub. Yellowstone National ParkCattle rancher, not a farmer Jake Feddes it’s home. Feddes is a third generation cattle rancher and, with his father, runs Feddes Red Angus, Gallatin Valley. The Feddes family is well-known for selling high-quality beef and for their efforts in promoting healthy soil. Feddes family has a grazing program that ensures cattle are constantly grazing on and fertilizing different parts of the land. Their dedication to grazing and managing the land actually helps improve soil health.
Feddes Red Angus, like most westies, is a valuable commodity. Feddes and his relatives grow cover crops to keep soil moist and prevent erosion. They don’t grow hay; they grow perennial forage plants that cattle can graze. This not only helps with moisture but also preserves the natural landscape.
Tourists who visit the Gallatin valley enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and the views from the mountains, but they also learn more about conservation practices that keep it looking beautiful and better serving a greater purpose.
Although water is scarce in the deserts, Southern ArizonaCattle ranchers are a key to conservation efforts. Dean Fish. Fish is the Ranch Manager at Santa Fe Ranch Foundation in Nogales. He is known for his innovative methods of distributing clean water efficiently and sustainably.
Fish’s father is a strong example of sustainability. Ron FishThe ranch’s concrete open ditch irrigation system was modified by Fish’s father first. Fish’s father installed an underground pipeline with valves to direct water exactly where it is needed, and with less evaporation.
The ranch also uses solar pumps, windmills, and solar pumps to supply water to livestock and other wildlife in the area.
Because of the innovative and sustainable practices used, a once abandoned piece of land is now home for a successful cattle ranch. Fish isn’t alone in his efforts to educate other ranchers about conservation practices that will help them raise cattle and care for natural resources.
Although these ranchers are located in different parts of the country, with different challenges and resources, they share a common goal: to produce high-quality protein and preserve their local environment.
“I enjoy being able to educate others who visit the area about land conservation.” FloridaLooks like,” she said Jim Strickland. “It’s important that we understand the connection between cattle ranching and wildlife conservation. There are many things to be aware of and we are constantly improving.
“When you’re watching television shows that are based in, Montana“Wow, it’s so gorgeous” is the most you can think of when you see something on someone’s ranch or private farm. Jake Feddes. “We’ve become more efficient and have been in a position to raise more cattle on the same land as we did a decade ago. The scenery here is part of that story.”
“It’s all in conserving the wildlife and natural resources,” he said. Dean Fish. “Here in southeast ArizonaIt’s too hot for you to grow vegetables or fruits on this land. A sustainable cow-calf operation is a great option to make the most of the landscape.
About the Beef Checkoff
The 1985 Farm Bill included the Beef Checkoff Program. The Checkoff evaluates $1Each head on the sale domestic and imported live cattle. States may retain upto 50cForward the other and the dollar 50cPer head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. They administer the national checkoff programme.
About the NCBA, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff
The Beef Checkoff Program is managed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The Beef Checkoff Program’s administration falls under the control of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the program.
1 UN FAO. 2021. FAOSTAT Database – Food and agricultural data. Available at: http://www.fao.org/faostat/en/#home
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