Centennial Valley, Montana USA

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Centennial Valley, Montana USA

Hilary Zaranak walks with her son Andy, 4, and checks cows in the Centennial Valley of Southwestern Montana. Spurred by growing consumer concern over meat’s environmental impact and concerned about the long-term viability of their livelihood, a cohort of ranchers is trying to apply the understanding gleaned from the science of ecology to livestock management. The idea is called “sustainable ranching” and advocates putting more animals on the land, not fewer, moving them after a relatively brief interval. Ami Vitale/The Stand