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The Cerise Ranch is in a possible state of transition. The owner of the Ranch, Lowell Cerise, has gone to Wyoming to look at other prospective ranches that were for sale in that area. The goals of the ranch therefore may be influenced by this potential change of owners.

The current primary goal of the Cerise Ranch is to conduct an operation that is profitable. Lowell also feels that long term sustainability of the ranch is another important goal but one that is not achievable unless the ranch is profitable first. Profitability and environmental sustainability are roughly of equal importance to the Cerise Ranch.

Given the possible sale of the ranch, it is also important to the owner that the ranch is passed on to the buyer in good condition.

One of the major concerns of the Cerise Ranch is the amount of hay that must be fed to livestock during the winter.  Currently, the ranch feeds hay to cattle for 150 days or more each winter. It would be beneficial if that number were reduced to around 100 days.

Another objective of the Cerise Ranch would be to make the daily operations of the ranch more energy and labor efficient. One problem encountered by the Cerise ranch is the remoteness of allotments. These remote allotments are steep and difficult to manage. Lowell also mentioned that he would like to improve breed up on the allotments that are removed from the ranch.

A final objective was centered on the economic efficiency of the ranch. In Lowell’s opinion, there are numerous suggestions and ideas on how to operate a ranch, but what would be of more benefit would be a method by which a rancher could determine ways to maximize profits on the ranch.

When asked what the CIRN means to him, Lowell mentioned a couple of outcomes that he would like to see as a result of the network. One outcome would be increased sustainability on public lands. This would not only apply to improvement of range conditions on public lands, but would extend to providing assistance in permit renewals as well.

Another concern that was expressed was the need for having data available on the ranching operation that could be presented should the ranch be challenged by an environmental group for renewal of its grazing permits. Information such as photo monitoring may be presented to a judge to show improvements in range conditions to help the ranch achieve a favorable outcome should such challenges occur.

In general, the Cerise ranch would like to see the Network “looking ahead” to anticipate or solve issues pertaining to ranching as they arise so that more time and energy can be spent by the rancher on the day to day operations of the ranch.

Bitteroot Range
Fenceline
Mountain Meadow
Alfalfa Field
Near the Salmon River
Channel
Cerise Ranch Buildings
Storm Brewing over Hayfields
Cerise Ranch Field
Rock Outcrop
Up Mulkey Creek
Rock Outcrop Through Willows
Green Hill
Forest
Trees
Lemhi Valley Sundown
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