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Blackstone Ranch

The Blackstone Ranch (headquartered in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico) reported a spectacular 1-year gain in average organic matter from 2008 to 2009, from 6% organic matter to 9.45% on its irrigated pastures, according to test results from New Mexico State University reported in Holistic Management International's journal, In Practice (March/April 2010).

In the pasture pictured in 2008, 50% of the ground was bare, with an average distance from a random dart to a perennial grass of 8.54 inches. Managers increased stock density by 220%. This is the degree of concentration of cattle, which gives better recovery periods for the grass and more concentrated trampling, dunging, and urinating. There was an estimated 300% increase in production over the whole grazing operation. In 2009, the pasture pictured had only 38% bare ground, with only 2.1 inches from the random dart to a perennial grass plant.