Water Management

Water Management

Welcome to Open Range, I’m KayDee Gilkey. Stay tuned because after the break I’ll check in with our field reporter, Greg Martin for the AgriBeef Minute.

I’m Greg Martin with today’s AgriBeef Minute. Water is essential for life. And it’s important for areas where there isn’t a lot. Ranchlifewife.com’s Bridget Elliot Coon blogs about what water or the lack of means to their ranch.

COON: Dirt! You’ve got land that’s certifiably useless for production if you can’t if you can’t figure out how to get strategic water to cattle or to get your water on to raise hay for the winter.

Their ranch is located in eastern Washington in an area that is known as the Channeled Scablands so what water they have they have to manage very wisely.

COON: Exactly. Our water is limited and there’s no guarantees so we must be conservative and we use it as a way to move our cattle around the range to make that land more productive than it otherwise be and we can’t have cattle traveling all day long to find their water.

And of all the issues ranchers have, Coon says water is up there.

COON: Absolutely. Without that we are just dead in the water to raise beef and raise cattle. We have to rely on the same water for our personal use and so it’s always a balancing act.

Be sure and read her blog, ranchwifelife.com. I’m Greg Martin and that’s today’s AgriBeef Minute.

Thanks Greg. Don’t forget Greg will be back each Wednesday with the AgriBeef Minute. Agri Beef Co - Real Families, Great People, Exceptional Beef. I’m KayDee Gilkey.

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