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large farm devoted chiefly to raising and breeding cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. The cattle ranch was introduced from Latin America to Texas and the plains of the W United States and Canada. The first ranchers owned cattle, ponies, and camp equipment but no land, grazing their stock on the free public rangerange,
large area of land unsuited to cultivation but supporting native grasses and other plants suitable for livestock grazing. Principal areas in the western hemisphere are the pampas of South America and the prairies of the United States and Canada.
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. When the fencing of land became compulsory, most ranges were broken up into smaller ranches. Cattle and sheep are often shipped from ranches to feed lots in the corn belt for fattening. The term ranch is applied in the W United States also to grain and fruit farms. The dude ranch offers horseback riding and other typically Western outdoor activities for the entertainment of paying guests. Some dude ranches are also "working" ranches, but most are devoted solely to vacationers.
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Keeping in view high dependence of local people on agro-pastoral livelihoods it is challenging to reduce the number of grazing animals as a short-term strategy, therefore, grazing management is highly recommended.
The system can only be implemented if the local population understands the principles of grazing management and is ready to cooperate.
Resolving these tradeoffs appears critical to attaining consistent, annual suppression of invasive weeds via grazing management.
However, interannual variation in rainfall may have a stronger effect on the soil's supply of plant nutrients, hence masking the long-term effects of grazing management in short-term studies.
Volga also experienced an increase in native warm season grass cover over time with fire and simulated grazing management but little bluestem and sideoats grama were dominant.
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The pilot programme, which started in 2010 involved 21 pilot areas across the Kunene, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena and Kavango regions were the livestock owners and herders were instructed in age-old sustainable grazing management systems.
One of the primary purposes of adaptive grazing management on the allotment was to attract elk to pastures recently grazed by cattle at a particular elevation, while resting adjacent pastures to increase growth of forage and to sustain adequate forage for cattle, elk, and other wild ungulates (Halstead et al., 2002).
It provides opportunities for many of its members to expand their ranching enterprises, not only by having access to more grassland but also by sharing operating costs, such as herd grazing management expenses.
They will cover condition scoring, vaccinations, grazing management and the use of teasers, sponges, Regulin and raddles.