Environmental Quality Control Points

Beef cattle production in Texas depends upon our state’s bountiful natural resources. Caring for these resources ensures that cattle production is ecologically and socially sustainable. Natural resources must be monitored to learn whether or not current management needs to be adjusted. Information collected from natural resource monitoring will usually identify problems before damage occurs and put in place preventative measures. Monitoring information may also confirm that current management practices are appropriate. That information can then be used to defend current management when questioned by critics. The most important resources for ranchers to manage are vegetation, streambanks/riparian areas and water quality. Each of these areas has specific environmental control points that can be managed and monitored. Just a general overview of BMPs for forage management, soil fertility, pesticide use, water quality, and dead animal disposal