Hollister Field Office

Grazing / Range Management

Cattle grazing in the San Joaquin Management Area, photo by S. Schmidt BLM

Cattle grazing in the San Joaquin Management Area


The Bureau of Land Management Hollister Field Office administers 71 active commercial grazing leases for both sheep and cattle.  Primary use season lasts between January - April.  Forage generally consists of annual grasses and forbs which grow during these wetter months and the range is managed to ensure enough residual mulch remains after each grazing season.

Rangeland is monitored annually, measuring the health of the land by watershed function, integrity of nutrient cycles and energy flow, and presence of functioning recovery mechanisms.  These criteria take into consideration native plant and animal communities, season of use, riparian areas, rest and recovery phases, fuel loading, sensitive resources, and measurable condition parameters such as residual mulch and water quality.

For more information:

BLM National Grazing web page

BLM California Grazing web page

Central California Standards for Rangeland Health and Guidelines for Livestock Grazing and Management

Sheep band in the San Joaquin Management Area, photo by S. Schmidt BLM Sheep band in the Central Coast Management Area, photo by B. Delgado BLM

Sheep bands in the San Joaquin Management Area (left) and Central Coast Management Area (right)


Rick Cooper, Field Manager
Bureau of Land Management
Hollister Field Office
20 Hamilton Court
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: (831) 630-5000
Fax: (831) 630-5055
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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