On Conservation Ranching: How measuring and managing the wider impacts of ranching can improve societal outcomes and drive innovation
Producing better beef is important. For TomKat Ranch, the goal is to do it in a way that makes it healthier for humans and the planet. That mindset motivated our decision to engage a consultant to use the Total Impact Measurement and Management (TIMM) framework to assess the outcomes of cattle grazing at TomKat Ranch.
To assess the greatest and widest-reaching impacts from the beef production system, we focused our analysis on specific environmental, social, and economic impacts. The environmental impacts included greenhouse gases, water consumption, excess nutrients, soil enhancement, sediment control, and habitat conservation. We also assessed the social and economic impacts associated with nutritional value, animal welfare, and wages. To our knowledge, this is one of the most comprehensive analyses ever conducted of the societal values of grass-fed beef.
The results of this effort provide us with a detailed understanding of the societal costs and benefits (all standardized in dollar values) of our current land management. This understanding helps us describe the value that we generate and can be used at TomKat Ranch and beyond to inspire innovation that will increase the societal value of regenerative agricultural practices.
The links on this page provide a comprehensive documentation of this project, from a summary of results to the detailed information on how the analysis was conducted.
Research and methodologies. This document describe in detail the modeling approaches, the data and assumptions that were used in those models, and how the outputs of the models were converted to dollar values. This information includes literature reviews on the impacts of intensive rotational grazing and the nutritional value of grass-fed beef, and also identifies research gaps that should be considered to improve these types of analyses in the future.