Targeted Grazing

The Targeted Grazing Committee (TGC) is a self formed committee of practitioners, land managers, research and extension personnel that formed in 2009. The TGC will contribute to the SRM mission which is: to promote the professional development and continuing education of members and the public and the stewardship of rangeland resources.


Committee Chair: Kelly Anderson
Chair Email: kelly.anderson@state.mn.us

Committee Chair Elect: Lee Sexton
Chair Elect Email: sextongc@icloud.com

BoD Rep: John Walker
BoD Rep Email: jwalker@ag.tamu.edu

Overview and Introduction

The Targeted Grazing Committee (TGC) is a self formed committee of practitioners, land managers, research and extension personnel that formed in 2009. The TGC will contribute to the SRM mission which is: to promote the professional development and continuing education of members and the public and the stewardship of rangeland resources.

Since the 2006 publication of “Targeted Grazing: A Natural Approach to Vegetation Management and Landscape Enhancement”, the term targeted grazing has been defined as the application of a specific kind of livestock at a determined season, duration, and intensity to accomplish defined vegetation or landscape goals. Examples of these goals include: weed control,  fire risk reduction, and wildlife habitat enhancement.

Upcoming events:

SRM Annual Meeting, February 6-10, Albuquerque: The Targeted Grazing Committee will meet in person, day and time TBD.


Recent Events:

How Targeted Grazing Plays a Role in California’s Vegetation Treatment Program and What it Means for Graziers Everywhere

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 5:00 Pacific, 7:00 Central

Throughout the West many targeted graziers focus on the objective of fine fuels reduction to help lower the risk of wildfire in wildland-urban interfaces (WUIs). In their development of the Vegetation Treatment Program, (CalVTP), the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection included targeted grazing, or “prescribed herbivory,” as a state-sanctioned method of fuel management in the program. Inclusion in CalVTP puts grazing on the same playing field as other more widely-accepted forms of fuels management such as prescribed burning, mechanical treatments, manual removal, and herbicide treatment, with opportunities for financial support of approved projects.

Guest Speaker Dan Macon of University of California Extension discussed the importance of targeted grazing in CalVTP, the process of having grazing recognized in the program and how it fits with conventional grazing systems.

This webinar is be of interest to anyone who works with government agencies who are reluctant to recognize the value of targeted grazing as a tool. Come learn how California has taken a step in the right direction.



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  • Brown, D. 2014. Plants poisonous to livestock and other animals. Cornell University, Department of Animal Science. Available at www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants)
  • Davy, J., et al. 2015. Introducing cattle grazing to a noxious weed-dominated rangeland shifts plant communities. California Agriculture.
  • George, M., B. Frost, and N. McDougald. 2014. Annual Rangeland Handbook. Chapter 8. Grazing management.
  • Howery, L.D., F.D. Provenza, and B. Burrit. 2010. Herbivores learn to forage in a world where the only constant is change. University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Publication AZ1518
  • Launchbaugh, K., and J. Walker. 2006.  Targeted Grazing Handbook. Chapter 1. Targeted Grazing – a new paradigm for livestock management.


Targeting Grazing in Solar Developments

Tuesday, August 10th, 5:00 Pacific/ 7:00 Central

Targeted grazing under solar developments has become very popular in recent years! During this webinar we featured graziers who specialize in vegetation management in solar developments.

View the webinar recording here.



Sustainable Management of California’s Fire Prone Landscapes


This was a three part series.


The Range Management Advisory Committee and California Fire Science Consortium hosted a series of three virtual workshops where they featured the sustainable management of California’s fire-prone landscapes using targeted grazing.

View the webinar recording here.

Want to be a featured Targeted Grazier?

The Targeted Grazing Committee will be spotlighting the society’s amazing targeted graziers on our social media pages. Please fill out the below survey or invite others to fill in the form to be featured. After the form is submitted, the committee will select a few graziers annually to feature. If you wish to review the post before it is posted please request post review. Pdf copies of the form can be submitted to targetedgrazing@gmail.com, if preferred.

Link to digital form – or – Download pdf copy here

The following are key publications often referred to by the Targeted Grazing Committee:

2019 Targeted Grazing Synthesis Paper: Targeted Livestock Grazing: Prescription for Healthy Rangelands By D.K. Bailey, J. C. Mosley, R. E Estell, A. F. Cibils, M. Horney, J. R. Hendrickson, J. W. Walker, K. L. Launchbaugh, and E. A. Burritt

Targeted Grazing: A Natural Approach to Vegetation Management and Landscape Enhancement Edited by Karen L. Launchbaugh, John W. Walker and Ron J. Daines.  This publication is often called the  “The Targeted Grazing Handbook.”



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Targeted Grazier Certification

The Targeted Grazing Committee has developed a certification for targeted graziers through the Society for Range Management. If you have questions about Certification please contact the Targeted Grazing Committee at targetedgrazing@gmail.com.

Applicants who wish to be certified should read the “Procedure for Certification of Targeted Graziers” (approved by the SRM board, November, 2019)

Need to Know- for graziers & those who hire (June 2019)

Video Submission Guidelines (Sept 2020)

Letters of Testimonial Guidelines (November 2020)

Application for Targeted Grazier Certification- If you’re ready to pursue certification fill out this form to initiate the process.  Shortly afterward you will be contacted by a member of the committee to determine the next steps.


Videos and Presentations

November 5, 10:00-12:00 (Pacific)* – Sustainable Management of California’s Fire Prone Landscapes: Using Grazing to Help Keep Communities Safe – Webinar by the California Fire Science Consortium and CalPoly University.

November 12, 10:00-12:00 (Pacific)* -Using Grazing for Fuels Management 101: Practices and strategies:  Webinar by the California Fire Science Consortium and CalPoly University.

November 19, 10:00-12:00 (Pacific)* – Organizing Community-Based Wildland Fuels Management Projects: Approaches and Strategies – Webinar by the California Fire Science Consortium and CalPoly University.

Click here to access recordings of these webinars.


Applying Targeted Grazing: The following presentations can be found at:

1. Grazing for specific objectives—Realistically determining objectives for your targeted grazing program. Beth Reynolds Facilitator – October 8, 2015

2. Livestock and endangered species—What do targeted grazers need to know about endangered species? Rachel Frost & Marc Horney Facilitator—November 12, 2015

3. Livestock and wildlife interactions—Using targeted grazing to develop wildlife habitat. John Hendrickson Facilitator – December 17, 2015

To view the webinar archive click here: https://targetedgrazing.wordpress.com/videos-presentations/.

2013 SRM Annual Meeting (Oklahoma) Targeted Grazing Symposium: Management of Livestock Distribution

Targeted Grazing Workshop – 2010 SRM Annual Meeting
February 11, 2010
Denver, Colorado

This organized oral discussion focused on the practical application of targeted grazing as a vegetation management tool. The scientific background of targeted grazing has been presented and discussed, but the gap between theory and application needs to be bridged to empower land managers to make use of the emerging tool. The immense diversity of situations to which this tool can be applied necessitates the exchange of real-life experiences to promote learning among practitioners and to inform land managers of the successful programs and potential pitfalls to avoid. The intended audience was land managers, both public and private, and livestock managers and producers. Speakers consisted of several contract graziers with experience in providing land services in a diverse array of situations, from small-scale, highly managed parcels to watershed-scale management projects. Other speakers expounded on grazing on public lands and provided insight on what must be done to make targeted grazing a widely accepted management practice. Finally, we concluded with a speaker panel and audience discussion. Through this event we hoped to lay down the first planks of knowledge from experienced practitioners to bridge the gap between research and the application of targeted grazing as a tool to manage rangelands.
Following are the 2010 Powerpoint Presentations:

  1. Healing Hooves, LLC – Using goats as a tool to help clients achieve landscape objectives
    Presenter: Craig Madsen
    File: PPT – 30MB
  2. Prescriptive Livestock Services – Vegetation management on public and private lands
    Presenter: Ray Holes
    File: PPT – 47MB
  3. More is Better – A Montana rancher employs over 3000 sheep to combat leafy spurge and spotted knapweed
    Presenter: John Lehfeldt
    File: PPT – 31MB
  4. Jay Springs Lamb – Using targeted grazing to produce more grass, more trees, and more lamb
    Presenter: Jennifer Cunningham
    File: PPT – 8.8MB
  5. Heifer Targeted Grazing – Potential impacts on japanese brome in Nebraska Loess Canyons
    Presenter: Bob Welling
    File: PPT – 64MB
  6. Targeted Grazing of Plants with Toxic Properties
    Presenter: Zane Davis
    File: PPT – 19MB
  7. Opportunities for Grazing as an Ecological Tool on National Forests
    Presenter: Dave Bradford
    File: PPT – 50MB
  8. NRCS Programs that Encourage Targeted Grazing
    Presenter: Jana Malot
    File: PPT – 18MB
  9. Targeted Grazing on Public Lands for Hazardous Fuels and Weed Reduction
    Presenter: John Sullivan
    File: PPT – 40MB
  10. Livestock Biological Control of Weeds
    Presenter: Mike Ralphs
    File: PPT – 20MB


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