Let’s give you an update on all the ins and outs of targeted grazing so we can get right into the technicalities at the field day.
Simply, targeted grazing is “the use of a specified kind of livestock at a determined season, duration and intensity to accomplish defined vegetation and landscape goals.” In this specific case, the British Columbia Cattle Association (BCCA) is researching if targeted grazing can reduce wildfire risk.
Let’s break that down. Targeted grazing is a great tool for both land managers and ranchers to accomplish specific vegetation goals. In this case, the BCCA trial is using it to evaluate wildfire risk reduction.
Targeted grazing came into popularity a few years ago when ranchers noticed that grazing created ‘agricultural firebreaks’ to stop or slow wildfire activity. The BCCA is currently researching this to determine the viability of this tactic. Ultimately, researchers are trying to determine how to manage the extremes of the potentially unhealthy grasses with a potential fire hazard. Is there a balance? To be determined.