Ranching the Northern Great Plains: Holistic Planned Grazing

Cinch Buckle Ranch
Cinch Buckle Ranch

The Cinch Buckle and Antelope Springs Ranches are stellar examples of the significant positive impact that holistic planned grazing can have on ranches’ capacity, profitability, resiliency, and overall ecological health. Grasslands LLC, the manager of both ranches, has not only executed focused grazing plans over the course of their ownership, but has also invested heavily in the operations’ water and ranch infrastructure. The benefits to both ranches have been striking: increased stocking rates, improved biodiversity, and impressive financial performance.

As part of the Mountain & Prairie Podcast, Ed Roberson sat down with Jim Howell–rancher, author, and CEO of Grasslands LLC–to discuss the nitty-gritty details of his teams’ work on the Cinch Buckle and Antelope Springs Ranches. Highlights of our in-depth conversation include:

  • Holistic planned grazing, explained
  • History of Grasslands’ work in the northern Great Plains
  • Common traits of successful ranches across all geographies
  • Techniques for drastically increasing stocking rates on Antelope Springs and Cinch Buckle
  • The compounding consequences of grazing decisions
  • Lessons learned from ranching the Great Plains
  • Specific tools for grazing management
  • Replenishing ecological capital while remaining profitable
  • Improved quantifiable biodiversity and ecological health on both ranches
  • Importance of relationships with state and federal government agencies
  • Cinch Buckle and Antelope Springs as investments for non-ranchers
  • Best books and resources on planned grazing
  • And much more…

For the full list of topics discussed and links to all resources mentioned, visit the episode webpage.

As you’ll hear, Grasslands has invested an amazing amount of work, brain power, and resources into the Cinch Buckle and Antelope Springs Ranches, making them two of the most attractive and impressive cattle operations on the market today. For more information on either ranch, contact listing broker Duffy Brown.

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Holistic Planned Grazing at Antelope Springs Ranch
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