Litson Ranch owners’ primary goals and objectives is to not only produce nutritious and flavorful grass-fed beef, but also be great stewards of the land. Practicing and implementing necessary land management strategies to sustain the forage and water on the land is vital…
Maintaining a healthy range-land is most difficulty in arid lands; however, it is critical to production of healthy beef. A key component is to strive for building a quality of the soil as it provides many benefits:
- Increase water infiltration
- Carbon sequestration
- Improves vegetation diversity
- Improves wildlife habitat
For generation, our grandparents used the seasons and climate to determine their rotational grazing system. Prior to fencing sections of the land our grandparents’ livestock grazed in open range. As a conservation practices, they drove their cattle to different locations as rotational grazing practice. In the fall, they moved their cattle to lower elevation for winter grazing, and in the spring, they moved their cattle onto the Chuska Mountain for summer grazing. Today, this continues to be part of the management practice.
In 1979, our visionary 3rd generation rancher, Bennie Litson, took the lead in establishing miles of cross fences on the open range land area use for winter grazing. Over the years, he continue to manage the land and water. Years of drought or little rain, he hauled water daily and fed cattle with grass baled hay grown by the family.
In 2005, he took the management to another level with the help of the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service, Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). The funding used to establish more cross fences, to create more water lines, and to install more than forty erosion control structures, and treated several hundred acres of sagebrush.
Today, Litson Ranch owners’ continue to plan for implementing strategies for healthier land and improve water accessibility and quality.
As a result of the never ending conservation and management practices, Arizona Section Society of Range Management recognized Bennie Litson as 2015 Range Manager of the Year for managing the Litson Ranch.