Regenerative Rangeland Management & Contour Subsoil Ripping

In this episode, Colin Mitchell, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, discusses regenerative rangeland management with Travis and Mandy Krause of Parker Creek Ranch in D’hanis, Texas.

Travis and Mandy are taking part in NCAT’s Soil for Water Project. Colin works out of NCAT’s Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio, Texas.

Travis describes three of the regenerative practices they use on their ranch: holistic multipaddock grazing, pasture cropping, and contour subsoil ripping. He then discusses the changes they’ve seen from 2010-2019 in the ranch’s soil and ecological health while using these practices. Mandy then passes off their two young sons to Travis so she can discuss the Southern SARE on-farm research grant they are conducting on the ranch. It focuses on the effects of contour subsoil ripping on rangeland health.

ATTRA Resources:

Building Healthy Pasture Soils

Managed Grazing in Riparian Areas

Multispecies Grazing: A Primer On Diversity

Paddock Design, Fencing, and Water Systems for Controlled Grazing

Pasture, Rangeland, and Grazing Management

Other Resources:

NCAT’s Soil for Water Project

Southern SARE

Parker Creek Ranch Facebook page

Parker Creek Ranch website

Water for Every Farm: Yeoman’s Keyline Plan by PA Yeoman

Mark Shepherd Managing Water on Your Farm Video

Holistic Management International

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