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Working with Carbon ~ The Interplay of Range Management, Grassfed Beef, Wind and Biomass, Nancy Ranney

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    Working with Carbon ~ The Interplay of Range Management, Grassfed Beef, Wind and Biomass, Nancy Ranney Working with Carbon ~ The Interplay of Range Management, Grassfed Beef, Wind and Biomass, Nancy Ranney Presentation Transcript

    • RANNEY RANCH
    • WORKING WITH CARBON: RANGE MANAGEMENT GRASSFED BEEF WIND AND BIOMASS
    • PLANNED ROTATIONAL GRAZING
    • MAIN HERD---GROWING SEASON April 29, 2008 (@ 125 animal units) April 18 Into McInnes 15 days May 3 Into Buck 7 days May 10 Into Love Grass 3 days May 13 Into Shipping Pens Trap 7 days *May 15 Bulls in until August 30 (now 160 animal units with bulls and all calved out) May 20 Into Top Spring 7 days ***Will construct gate at top of mesa May 27 Into Bottom Spring 22 days ( less if rain) June 16 Into East Goat 40 days (less if rain) *July 19 Branding in Spring pens July 26 Into West Goat 16 days *** Skip W. Goat if fence not repaired with Virgill August 11 Into Top Gallo 21 days
    • WATER MANAGEMENT
    • Free-range Grass-fed/Grass-finished Beef At Ranney Ranch, in the beautiful high mesa country of central New Mexico, we raise Angus calves on nothing more than native grasses and mother’s milk, producing healthy and great tasting beef while using only the most humane handling techniques and sustainable land use management and grazing practices. We have been at the forefront since 2004 producing and marketing entirely grass-fed/grass-finished beef and are proud to offer our superior beef directly to customers nationwide. We sell online half and whole beeves and will arrange for you processing, dry-ageing, packaging (into 1-2 lb. portions), and shipping. We are "Certified Grassfed" by the American Grassfed Association (AGA). Our eco-friendly practices were profiled recently in TIME magazine (9/7/2010). Also see a story about our grassfed beef in the New York Times Magazine (10/10/2010) by food writer, Kim Severson. Nancy Ranney will speak at the Quivira Conference in November on "The Carbon Ranch". Home About Us Information Benefits Recipes Order "That was some of the best beef I've ever eaten" -Theresa, Norman, OK
    • Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance (SWGLA)
    • CARRIZO VALLEY RANCH
    • SHI BEEGASHI COOP
    • GREENHOUSE GASES LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION 2006 UN REPORT “LIVESTOCK’S LONG SHADOW” DECLARES 18% OF ALL GHG’S COME FROM LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY 2008 PEW COMMISSION STUDY ON FARM ANIMAL PRODUCTION REITERATES MESSAGE TO PUBLIC: DON’T EAT MEAT 2010 UC-DAVIS’ MITLOEHNER REPORT: ONLY 3-4% GHG’S ASSOCIATED WITH LIVESTOCK
    • GHG BREAKDOWN CARBON DIOXIDE(CO2) IN U.S., MAJORITY FROM FUEL COMBUSTION IN MACHINERY/VEHICLES IN GRAIN PRODUCTION & SOY USE; ALSO ANIMAL TRANSPORT NITROUS OXIDE(N2O) IN U.S., 75% FROM COMMERCIAL FERTILIZERS USED IN GRAIN PRODUCTION; 25% FROM CONC MANURE METHANE(CH4) ENTERIC FERMENTATION IN RUMEN...BELCHING... CONTRIBUTES 21% OF TOTAL U.S. ANTHROPOGENIC GHG’S
    • CARBON DIOXIDE DAVE TISCH, COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE & TECHNOLOGY SUNY COBLESKILL, 2008: CO2 EMISSIONS PER 12 OZ STEAK GRAINFED, NO TRANSPORTATION: 1.6 LBS CO2 EMISSIONS 12 OZ STEAK GRASSFED, SHIPPED COLORADO TO BOSTON: .3 LBS COMPARE TRUCKING TYPICAL NM STEER (RANCH TO RETAIL) 3112 MI TO GRASSFED MAYBE MAX 500 MI TO CONSUMER
    • GHG BREAKDOWN CARBON DIOXIDE(CO2) IN U.S., MAJORITY FROM FUEL COMBUSTION IN MACHINERY/VEHICLES IN GRAIN PRODUCTION & SOY USE; ALSO ANIMAL TRANSPORT NITROUS OXIDE(N2O) IN U.S., 75% FROM COMMERCIAL FERTILIZERS USED IN GRAIN PRODUCTION; 25% FROM CONC MANURE METHANE(CH4) ENTERIC FERMENTATION IN RUMEN...BELCHING... CONTRIBUTES 21% OF TOTAL U.S. ANTHROPOGENIC GHG’S
    • NITROUS OXIDE (N20) 75% FROM COMMERCIAL FERTILIZERS REMAINING 25% FROM MANURE “OFF- GASSING” (ONLY IF CONCENTRATED) GRASSLAND “OFF-GASSING” NATURE, APRIL 2010, STUDY SIBERIAN GRASSLANDS SHOWS SIGNIFICANT DECREASE WITH GRAZING CONCLUSION: GRASSFED PRODUCTION W/O FERTILIZER USE DOES NOT CONTRIBUTE; INCREASED GRAZING MAY REDUCE N20
    • GHG BREAKDOWN CARBON DIOXIDE(CO2) IN U.S., MAJORITY FROM FUEL COMBUSTION IN MACHINERY/VEHICLES IN GRAIN PRODUCTION & SOY USE; ALSO ANIMAL TRANSPORT NITROUS OXIDE(N2O) IN U.S., 75% FROM COMMERCIAL FERTILIZERS USED IN GRAIN PRODUCTION; 25% FROM CONC MANURE METHANE(CH4) ENTERIC FERMENTATION IN RUMEN...BELCHING... CONTRIBUTES 21% OF TOTAL U.S. ANTHROPOGENIC GHG’S
    • METHANE (CH4) 25% FROM CONCENTRATED MANURE IN FEEDLOTS AND LAGOONS OF LIQUIFEID MANURE IN INDUSTRIAL FARMS (EPA) 75% FROM LIVESTOCK DIGESTION 1999 STUDY: GRASSFED CATTLE PRODUCE 4 TIMES AS MUCH METHANE AS GRAINFED OVERALL: METHANE EMISSIONS ARE INSIGNIFICANT COMP TO TOTAL GHG’S
    • GHG SUMMARY OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF CO2 AND N20 EMISSIONS FROM INDUSTRIAL LIVESTOCK OPERATIONS (FEEDLOT/FARM/FERTILIZERS) TRANSPORTATION MILES SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER FOR GRASSFED PRODUCTION N20 REDUCED BY GRAZING; CH4 REDUCED BY INTENSIVE GRAZING MANAGEMENT OVERALL RE: GHG’S PRODUCED, RAISING ANIMALS ON PASTURE MUCH MORE BENIGN
    • REDUCING BELCHING SUPPLEMENTS: NUTRIENT BLOCKS, FLAX OIL, CURRY SPICES(AK), “BEANO”(JAPAN) VACCINES(NZ)/PILLS(GERMANY) TO INHIBIT MICROSCOPIC METHANOGENS REDUCE QUANTITY OF FOOD CONSUMED IMPROVE QUALITY OF FOOD CONSUMED (LOWER FIBER/HIGHER SUGAR?) REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS
    • WHAT CAN WE DO? INCREASE EFFICIENCY BY WHICH ANIMAL CONVERTS FEED TO PRODUCT (ANIMAL HEALTH/GENETICS/DIGESTION AND IMPROVE FORAGE QUALITY) MANAGEMENT INTENSIVE GRAZING(MIG) IS SHOWN TO REDUCE METHANE PRODUCTION BY 22% PER UNIT OF WEIGHT GAIN (U OF LA, JEQ, 2001/ROTATION ONTO FRESH PASTURE) IMPROVE QUALITY OF RANGELAND BY SHORT DURATION/HIGH DENSITY GRAZING (OUR NATIVE PERENNIAL RANGE GRASSES)
    • ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
    • Text Text BIOMASS AND CARBON
    • RANGELAND IMPACTS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED WATER ABSORPTION BY RANGELAND SOILS LESS SPECIES DIVERSITY AND VIGOR OF DESIRABLE FORAGE GRASSES, LESS COVER HENCE LESS SOIL ORGANIC MATTER & REDUCED CARBON STORAGE INCREASED RUNOFF AND EROSION REDUCED RECHARGE TO SPRINGS, STREAMS, AQUIFERS
    • ONE-SEEDED JUNIPER AVERAGE TREE CONSUMES 40 GAL WATER/DAY OR UPWARDS OF 8-12,000 GAL/YEAR EVERGREEN: FULL YEAR GROWING SEASON 50-90% PRECIPITATION FALLING ON TREE LOST TO “INTERCEPTION” AND EVAPORATION, DOES NOT ENTER SOIL ROOTS REACH OUT 40 FT AND IMPOVERISH THE “INTERSPACES” (SPARSE GRASS WITH LESS VIGOR, MORE RUNOFF AND EROSION)
    • SOIL CARBON MEASURING CARBON CHANGE RE: MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND GRAZING HISTORY---CAN WE MARKET CARBON? CEDAR AND GRAZING ARE THE KEYS: UNDERSTANDING THE CARBON, SOIL AND WATER CYCLE, NEED TO REMOVE CEDAR! CAN WE MARKET CEDAR AS BIOMASS? RANCH BIOMASS/CARBON MANAGEMENT PLAN
    • THE BIOMASS PLAN TEST JUNIPER FOR BIOMASS POTENTIAL BTU/MOISTURE/ASH CONTENT DESIGN RANCH MANAGEMENT PLAN INCLUDING GRAZING, CLEARING, FIRE EXPLORE PARTNERSHIP WITH BUYER REMOVE, PROCESS, SHIP JUNIPER FOLLOWUP RANGE MANAGEMENT CRITICAL
    • RANNEY RANCH CORONA NEW MEXICO