The Split Ranch Approach provides a sound framework. By
sticking to the rules and broad principles, it is easy to manage
No losses to predators due to a constant human presence and movement throughout the livestock-occupied camps on a daily basis, calves being handled early on to transfer the smell of humans, and donkeys accompanying the cows during the calving period.
The production per hectare was maintained between 7.5-8.3 kg/ ha from 2011 to 2022, using no urea and a bush-promoting lick.
Achieved a fertility rate of 78% over the twelve-year period with limited provision of lick. No urea is provided with the lick.
During the drought in 2019, 40% of the herd needed to be de- stocked, which is recovering well after the drought.
The resource base is improving with the return of perennials, and resilience has increased.
Limited losses to poisonous plants and minimal tick control is required because of long rest periods.
No major infrastructure costs are required and other costs remain the same. Some saving is possible due to lower lick and tick-control costs
Mario and Karin Metzger have
operated a successful cattle
farm under the Split Ranch
Management Approach for
the past 11 years.