Record Keeping Training and Program Assessment for Native American Livestock Producers

Publication Year: 
2008
Publication Type: 
Program Highlight
Citation: 
Window Rock Extension
FRTEP - 1862

This program addresses the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service’s (CSREES) Strategic Goal 4:
Enhance Protection and Safety of the Nation’s Agriculture and Food Supply. The Navajo Nation encompasses around 14.7 million acres in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Reservation agriculture is based primarily on livestock production with limited small scale irrigated and dryland farming. Small herds of sheep, goats, cattle and horses form an important part of life
for many Navajos. In some instances, it is their subsistence (income, bartering, ceremonies, status, culture and beliefs). A typical participant would include Mr. & Miss Burbank how live in Round Rock and have a small flock of sheep a few heard of cattle and two horses, although they have been managing their place for over 30 years it has been a constant struggle
balancing the operation and family needs. With no formal education or training they are looking of assistance in getting a handle on the management of their operation so they can some day pass it on to the next generation.

There are approximately 340,00 head of livestock on the Navajo Nation. Much of the land is open range and herds move freely, but approximately 15% of the land made up of Tribal Ranches and Livestock Range Units. The Navajo Nation is divided into 5 Bureau of Indian Affairs Agencies (geographical regions within the reservation defined by the federal government for resource management). Native American producers are interested in improving their operations and perhaps marketing their product with a branded trademark in the future. Records would greatly enhance their ability to do so, and would make it easier for these producers to implement an Animal Identification System which Navajo Nation has taken that effort. Communication with local producers reveals that it will be easiest for them to continue to implement and improve record keeping with routine training workshops and one-on-one assistance from local outreach professionals