Benefits of the Hollister Ranch Cooperative
At Hollister Ranch, we are proud to have been granted agricultural preserve status, which not only provides a tax incentive for owners to run cattle on their property, but also encourages them to make significant efforts to accommodate, promote, and protect the cattle operation.
The Ranch environment produces annual and perennial grasses which mature at various times of the year, therefore, the rotation of significant numbers of cattle from pasture to pasture produces the best results. This high density/short duration grazing provides adequate time for grass recovery.
The Hollister Ranch Cooperative (Co-op) Board of Directors has made rangeland preservation a top priority and to achieve this goal the Co-op utilizes innovative grazing techniques to manage the grasses, using historic pastures, topography and strategic water sources. Water development is also critical to the Co-op’s goal of rangeland preservation. In 2003 the Ranch owners adopted a Watershed and Rangeland Enhancement Program. The funding provided through this program development of over 50 new water troughs (in addition to the 35 existing) strategically placed for cattle to graze where water is not normally available, such as high on the hills. This allows the pastures to be grazed more evenly year round.
The Co-op’s program of managing grasses also provides another benefit by reducing the amount of dry matter which can become fuel for wild-land fires. Other rangeland preservation projects undertaken by the Co-op include native grass re-vegetation of previously cultivated fields and removal of noxious weeds.
The Co-op provides strong, creative, and informed management of the cattle operation which is critical to the future of Hollister Ranch. Private property rights, agricultural status, wildfire safety, and the unique and beautiful environment we all enjoy hinge on a sound, ecological, and viable cattle operation. With your support, the Co-op will continue to protect and preserve rangeland agriculture and the Ranch’s western heritage, because cowboys on horses and good cattle dogs are still the best means of moving cattle on Hollister Ranch.