Lone Mountain Ranch strives to be a local and regional model of sustainable ranching and aspires to find a balance between economic vitality and ecosystem stewardship. To achieve this, we are engaged in many activities that bring the ranch's operations closer to the sustainable ranching ideal. These activities are constantly being reviewed in order to create the best possible genetics of American-raised Wagyu and to live and work in a sustainable manner in the high-desert country of New Mexico.
What is sustainable ranching?
At LMCC, we aspire to the goals as outlined by Henry Carey, of the Forest Guild, and who acts as a consultant to our ranch. Lone Mountain Ranch believes sustainable ranching in the semi-arid rangelands of the Southwest can be implemented in multiple ways. However there are certain foundational principles that must be applied to the ranching operation to survive in balance with the land during times of ecological, economic, and climactic fluctuation. These principles are:
- Working landscapes must be harmonized with conservation objectives.
- External inputs to the operation must be minimized while maintaining or improving ecological conditions.
- The application of an active adaptive management strategy will direct the operation towards land health.
- Rangeland health and ranch objectives need to blend to perpetuate ranchland ecosystem quality and diversity.
- The economic vitality of the West's ranches must be maintained to preserve both ranch lifestyles and ecological features.
What do we do at Lone Mountain Cattle Company?
Lone Mountain Cattle Company implements a variety of sustainable practices and activities to achieve our goal of becoming a model of sustainability. In response to the multiyear drought the Southwest is experiencing, LMCC has dramatically reduced our herd size. As a result, we have noticed significant rangeland improvement.
We also use a rotational pasture system to concentrate grazing impacts off of the sensitive native grasses and flowering plants, encourage wildlife by being a no-hunting zone, use alternative forms of energy whenever possible, have an organic farm that provides vegetables for guests and staff, and protect cultural sites on the ranch.
Where can I learn more about sustainable ranching?
» The Quivira Coalition
» The New Ranch
» Holistic Management
» Jornada Experimental Range
» Malpai Borderlands Group