Drought is a fact of life on Texas rangelands since “dry” years occur more often than “wet” years. Literally, drought is “normal” whereas years of good rainfall are the exception. Consequently, range managers are always suffering from, getting over, or preparing for drought. However, any predictions of when they will occur and how long they will last are merely speculation.
Surviving drought requires planning for it. Drought is easily recognized once it has its full impact; however, its development begins slowly and can end abruptly when sufficient rainfall occurs. Hence, the critical decisions going into a drought are difficult to make for fear of premature decisions that can affect future income. These decisions should be based upon ranch operation and all levels of the organization – the strategic or top policy makers, the tactical or livestock policy level, and the operational level should be involved in drought planning.
Rangeland Drought Management for Texans Series
- Planning: The Key to Surviving Drought
- Livestock Management
- Supplemental Feeding
- Stocking Rate and Grazing Management
- Toxic Range Plants
Rangeland Risk Management for Texans Series
- How Much Forage Do You Have?
- Photo Guide to Forage Supplies on Texas Rangelands
- Balancing Forage Demand with Forage Supply
- Managing Residual Forage for Rangeland Health
- Understanding Forage Intake in Range Animals
- Using Forage Harvest Efficiency to Determine Stocking Rate
- Stocking Rate: The Key Grazing Management Decision
- Forage Quality Photo Guide
- Improving Rainfall Effectiveness on Rangelands
- Renovation Practices to Improve Rainfall Effectiveness on Rangeland and Pastures
- Soil and Vegetation Management: Keys to Water Conservation on Rangeland