come learn with Sid Goodloe
“Developing a Livestock &
Wildland Ethic in Lincoln County
Over a Century”
For 62 years, Sid Goodloe has been owner-operator of the Carrizo Valley Ranch, 19 miles North of Capitan, NM.
Sid and Cheryl Goodloe began implementing what was to become
Holistic Planned Grazing in the late 1960s. Carrizo Valley Ranch
began to divide paddocks, not using the cell approach, but by
topography and water availability, and began noticing a general
improvement in range condition and biodiversity.
Sid’s primary goal was to grow as much grass as the rain would
allow and control erosion. This led to the realization that there were
too many invading trees that were not only suppressing grass growth,
but causing sheet and gully erosion. It has taken 50 years to achieve
that objective or goal and now the Goodloes are able to keep much
of the rain that falls on the ranch—on the ranch!
The Goodloes have used a wide variety of vegetation manipulation
methods to accomplish their landscape goal and sustain what they
want to produce. They have included: chaining; dozing and piling;
seeding; fire; hand grubbing; and herbicide. Their philosophy is to
defer the riparian area during the growing season and flash graze
during the dormant season. A lush riparian zone is also attractive to
all forms of wildlife, and when combining that with uplands in near
climax condition, fee hunting becomes a major player in the overall
profitability of the ranch.
Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation.