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Environmental Stewardship - TN Ranching Co. and Tavaputs Ranch - 2010 Region VI Award Winner

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Uploaded on Sep 13, 2010

The TN Ranching Co. and Tavaputs Ranch, owned and managed by the Jensen family, Price, Utah, is a 2010 regional Environmental Stewardship Award winner, representing Region VI of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Tavaputs' principals are managing partners Butch and Jeanie Jensen, son Tate and daughter, Jennie, and partners Jim and Kennel Jensen. Their remote Utah ranch, once a hospitable horse-trading stop for Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch, is now a fifth generation cow-calf operation, carried out on 30,000 acres of private range land. They have 400 acres of irrigated farmland and a feedlot, and access to 320,000 acres of state and federal range land.

Tavaputs Ranch prioritizes practices that improve its resources over time, which is critical in an area that's prone to drought four in every 10 years. Maximizing rotational grazing is key; the ranch utilizes range monitoring transects on many locations and continually works with a variety of agencies to evaluate grazing impacts. The Jensen's, who strive to maintain a 1,200-head herd, own more than 13,000 animal unit months of Bureau of Land Management grazing permits, making them the largest permit holder in eastern Utah. However, they use only about half of those in a year, saving the balance as a safety net in drought years. They don't hesitate to make operational adjustments, even difficult ones, when necessary. In the drought of 1990, for example, they sold 500 mother cows so as not to overgraze and damage overall range health.

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