Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Utah Grazing Improvement Program (UGIP)

Cowboy on horse moving small herd of cattle with mountains in background.

"We believe that well planned and managed livestock grazing is the most important landscape scale tool for maintaining healthy rangelands, watersheds, and wildlife habitats."

"Healthy rangelands contribute to a healthy livestock industry and productive rural economies."

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(435) 279-3603

Our Mission

To improve the productivity, health and sustainability of our rangelands and watersheds.

Our Goals

Strengthen Utah’s Livestock Industry

  • Improve the sustainability of livestock grazing through science-based management principles.
    UGIP Technical Committee Report
  • Work cooperatively with federal agencies and partners to promote efficient multiple-use management of public lands.
    Sustainable Grazing for Southern Utah Forests
  • Work with federal agencies and Congress to implement policies and procedures that allow maximum flexibility when addressing grazing and environmental issues.
  • Curtail the decline of public lands grazing opportunity by using sustainable management practices.
    History of AUM reductions

 

Improve Rural Economies

 

Enhance the Environment

 

Additional Information about the Grazing Improvement Program

 

Interactive mapping for GIP and Salinity projects

The GIP Program devotes considerable time and resources working to improve Utah's rangelands. Improved range conditions result in a better environment, a healthier livestock industry and more abundant wildlife.

The Salinity Program devotes resources to improving water quality and irrigation efficiency in the Colorado River basin of eastern Utah.

View an interactive map that displays where the projects are, and the specifics of the projects.

Information for ranchers interested in the GIP Program

 

Livestock Grazing Helps Control Wildfires

Photo by Randy Marshall – Grazing Improvement Program Coordinator

This picture shows the positive affects livestock grazing has on slowing or stopping the spread of fire. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land to the left of the barbed wire fence was rarely grazed. The privately owned land to the right was regularly grazed. The fire stopped at the fenceline because the fine grassy fuels were removed by the livestock, preventing the fire from spreading to the sagebrush.

This area is located near Minersville in Beaver County. It was part of the Baboon Fire which was included in the 400,000 acres burned in Utah in 2012.

See how livestock grazing contributes to Utah's Catastrophic Wildfire Reduction Strategy 

 

 An interesting TED talk on how livestock grazing can help the environment.

 

A UDAF produced video on the benefits of time-controlled grazing in Utah.
Recorded in October of 2013 on the campus of Utah State University.