Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Grazing Improvement Program: Measuring Success

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Measuring the success of the GIP program is best achieved in three main areas:

Tavaputs Ranch

The benefits of healthy livestock grazing can be felt in Utah's rural communities.

A grazing expert, Charley Orchard of Montana's Land EKG, says a successful livestock operation improves the prosperity of agriculture, the local community and our natural resources. See the video.

Livestock's contribution to local economies. See the video.

GIP has implemented hundreds of projects since 2006. Project funds have aided ranchers not only in installing infrastructure such as water systems and fences, but also in removing invasive plants and reseeding with beneficial species after fires and vegetation treatments.

See before and after photos of projects

For generations the measurement of ecological, social, and economic factors surrounding grazing and rangelands has been difficult to calculate. New technology is evolving that will allow landscape scale measurements that can clearly track and document changes in range conditions over the long-term. Until that time, it might be well to remember the quote of Albert Einstein, "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts".