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This fact sheet discusses alternatives to supplemental feeding and/or overgrazing during drought. These are: leasing pasture and/or confinement feeding. It gives a framework of factors to consider when doing a budget for a cost benefit analysis of management alternatives.

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Ranchers must achieve a balance between stocking rate and  forage supply for effective conversion of range forage to animal production.  This publication can help ranchers evaluate current forage conditions, make timely forage inventories, plan stock flow, and calculate forage quantity. Available in Spanish as E-96S. (8 pp., 2 tables)

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Ranchers must achieve a balance between stocking rate and forage supply for effective conversion of range forage to animal production. This publication can help ranchers evaluate current forage conditions, make timely forage inventories, plan stock flow, and calculate forage quantity. Available in Spanish as E-96S. (8 pp., 2 tables)

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This fact sheet discusses destocking strategies and mistakes. Early weaning and forage management.

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The relationship between forage quality and the physical appearance of feces of grazing cattle is explained. Four photographs provide a quick and easy visual reference for evaluating the diet quality of grazing beef cattle. (2 pp., 4 photos)

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Grazing management is essential to a successful ranching enterprise.  Ranchers have several options, including continuous grazing, deferred rotation systems, and short duration grazing. Details about each system are included. (4 pp.)

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Because forage production is not predictable, forage surveys should be conducted to estimate how long the accumulated forage supply will last during expected non-growth periods. This publication details the steps involved in a forage survey and provides examples. (4 pp., 3 tables)

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Rainfall is a major limiting factor for livestock production on Texas rangelands.  This brochure explains how to more effectively use water for forage production on rangelands, and how to reduce runoff, evaporation, soil erosion and undesirable weeds and brush. (6 pp., 1 graph, 1 table, 3 illustrations)

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Livestock producers can use their observations of grazing behavior to gauge the amount and quality of forage being consumed. This publication explains how grazing animals eat, when and where they graze, and how forage availability, patch grazing, supplemental feeding and weather affect grazing behavior. (6 pp., 9 photos, 5 figures)

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Leasing rangeland for a variety of uses can be a viable alternative to operating the enterprise yourself. This publication gives the landowner sensible guidelines for negotiating a lease, and includes discussions on lessor/lessee objectives.

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