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Cattle dogs can be as important to a successful drive as the horses in the Centennial Valley of Southwestern Montana, June 2012. These cattle were driven 60 miles through the Ruby Dell Mountains to their summer pastures in the Centennial Valley of Southwestern Montana. The age of open range is gone and the era of long cattle drives over. Today, few ranches drive their cattle with horses, instead moving them by truck. Spurred by growing concern over beef's environmental impact and the long-term viability of their livelihood, a cohort of Montana ranchers is working to integrate ecological practices into livestock management. The idea is that cows could be good for the landscape, particularly if they mimic the grazing behavior of wild herbivores. By bunching together for safety and intensely grazing an area for a brief period, before moving on, rangeland health will improve..
- Ami Vitale
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