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Turner Enterprises’ Deer Creek Ranch
Asst Ranch Manager
Will work directly with the Ranch Manager on ranch operations & with full-time employees in day to day operations.
Deer Creek is a 75K-acre bison ranch in the Northwestern NE Sandhills.
To Apply: https://t.co/e7mCQL0P8d
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Turner Enterprises’ Deer Creek Ranch is seeking an Assistant Ranch Manager to work directly with the Ranch Manager on ranch operations including grazing and range management, on-ranch feeding, conservation projects, and infrastructure maintenance and development.
The Assistant Manager will work closely with all full-time employees in the day to day operations.
Deer Creek is a 75,000-acre bison ranch in the Northwestern Nebraska Sandhills.
Application: To apply, visit Turner Ranches recruiting site at https://bit.ly/2Txrim0.
We, as a profession, all shapes and sizes of us: ranchers, researchers, agency personnel, are always telling anyone who will listen, “These rangelands evolved with grazing animals.” We tell the public this, expecting that our explanation rationalizes and justifies the livestock industry. We pontificate oh so wisely on the value of rangelands to society: everything from designer purses and ribeyes to carbon sequestration to the water we need to survive to simply open space and habitat.
But, and it’s a BIG but in my mind, we never say WHY! Or HOW! We expect people to take the statement that they evolved together at face value. With so many suspicious of the media these days, that’s a risk we cannot afford to take, fellow rangers, ranchers, grazers!
Some have published partial explanations. Kudos to Morgan Treadwell on her West Texas Rangelands postings. And others. But we all fall short of a MEANINGFUL explanation that any one of us can regurgitate easily. The “elevator speech” concept. Which, out here in rural America, might be better described as a “feed store speech.” Something quick, succinct, clever enough to get the listener to think about on the drive home.
Here’s my humble attempt.
When a grazing animal takes a bite or three on a grass plant, given that it is not over utilized, that grazing action stimulates tillering. New shoots develop, making the plant leafier and more robust.
AND, here’s the cool part: more roots develop. The root zones, even around the tiny hair like roots we cannot see, some develop relationships with soil mycorhizzal fungi and other microbes. That we cannot see. These little dudes (and there are literally billions in a tablespoon of healthy soil) alter the soil in such a way that the plant roots can utilize nutrients that were previously unavailable. Thereby benefiting the grassland production and nutrient cycling. How cool is that? It all works together. Take away the grazing animal and you have a stagnant grass plant in a stagnant soil.
Of course it is possible to get much more scientific, but I am convinced most of the general public does not want or need the details. I believe we bury the magic in the details. Nobody questions the aerodynamics or fuel propulsion of Tinker Bell as she flies in the Magic Kingdom. I do not need the details. She flies. It’s magic. I smile. Mission accomplished.
Grazing is magic! Even better than Tinker Bell. Way better in fact!
Let’s stop burying people in details as we tell the story of rangelands and grazing animals. A note of caution: Make sure science supports your explanation or you may well find yourself collecting a paycheck in DC or from a large media firm!
“The moment you doubt you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it” ~ Peter Pan