Holistic Management In the News

Home on the desert suits these cattle fine

Holistic Management in desert conditions

Holistic Management Certified Educator and Director of Programs for HMI, Ann Adams, is quoted in this article written by Lauren Villegran and published in the Albuquerque Journal.  It’s a fascinating look at criollo cattle — believed to be particularly well suited for desert grazing. Holistic Management practitioner Dennis Moroney is also mentioned…

Dennis Moroney of the 47 Ranch in southeast Arizona buys criollo cattle from the Jornada Experimental Range for slaughter about twice a year. He also raises them. He is transitioning his ranch from traditional cattle to exclusively criollo and is about halfway there with a herd of about 200, he said.

“The economics are working for us,” he said. “We’re a profitable ranch with no debt. That is very unusual in our business.”

You can read the entire article on the ABQ Journal website >>>

Cattle Management Can Improve Habitat…and Prevent Global Warming


Dixon-Deer.smallIt’s great to see more and more people acknowledging how practicing Holistic Management can improve wildlife habit. Our friends from the Kerr Wildlife Management Area, The Dixon Water Foundation – Mimms Ranch unit and Dr. Richard Teague are featured in an article by Robert McKee. Here’s an excerpt…

In arid West Texas in the northern-most parts of the Chihuahuan Desert, there’s an 11,000-acre ranch that uses cattle to groom and improve the desert grasslands just as the native bison did for centuries. At the Mimms Ranch, CEO Robert Potts will tell you how cattle are a tool to improve the rangelands. Potts shares, “…cattle are an important part of healthy range ecology. When managed as a grazing system, you can create or manipulate habitat to benefit birds, plant health, and soil fertility. What we’re seeing is more grass and more cover. For birds, it’s important for feeding, nesting, and for just staying out of the really heavy winter winds that whip across the desert plains out here.” The Mimms Ranch rotates cattle daily and has a full-time manager.

You can read the entire article on the Land Link website >>

Holistic Management Practitioners Win Award


Congratulations to Holistic Management practitioners Scott and Jean Johnson of the Flying Diamond Ranch in Colorado. They have been awarded the  2015 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award. Here’s an excerpt from an article published in the High Plains/ Midwest AG Journal…

Located near Kit Carson, Flying Diamond Ranch is a fifth generation, 25,000-acre cattle ranch. For over 100 years, the Johnsons’ management philosophy has reflected a personal conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. Guided by their principles of holistic management, they implemented a rotational grazing system that is supported by pipelines and fencing, which allows them to control the environmental impact of their herd.

To lower production costs, the Johnsons pushed their calving season to May when natural forage supplies can better meet the nutritional needs of their herd.

Read the entire article on the High Plains website >>>

Edible Ecosystems at Parducci Wine Estates



Jess Arnsteen took some Holistic Management courses when he was at Colorado College back in 2010. After developing his holistic goal, he began to make decisions toward creating the life he wanted. After a number of twists and turns, that focus on what he wanted has resulted in his current role as manager of edible ecosystems for Parducci Wine Estates where he is growing much of the food for the workers and closing resource loops for Parducci.

To read the full article at Modern Farmer, an award-winning quarterly print magazine and online news journal, click here.

Award Winning Practitioners

Another Winner!

Tom Wahl and Kathy Dice of the Red Fern Farm in Wapello, Iowa are the  recipients of the 2015 Sustainable Agriculture Achievement Award, granted annually by Practical Farmers of Iowa.  It’s great see Holistic Management practitioners recognized for the their stewardship of the land.   Here’s an excerpt from an article published in Agrinews.com

Many years later Wahl and Dice were attending a Practical Farmers’ Shared Visions event where a call for integrated cropping systems using perennial plants really resonated with them. That was an “Aha! moment” for them, and Wahl realized chestnuts and other trees could be the perennial crops. Farm conversion to agroforestry began shortly thereafter.

Wahl said PFI and Holistic Management have been important as they developed their farm and thoughts about sustainability.

Read the entire article >>>

Profit versus production in the cattle business

Holistic Management Certified Educator, Don Campbell

Holistic Management Certified Educator, Don Campbell

Holistic Management Certified Educator, Don Campbell just wrote an article in the Canadian Cattlemen, It includes some good charts. Here’s an excerpt…


“There is a tendency in the cow-calf business to put production before profit. I don’t understand this tendency and certainly don’t agree with it. Profit is essential if you want to stay in business. It is important to analyze our individual businesses and structure them for profit. Some of the areas we might analyze are: cow size, time of calving and cow-calf versus cow-long yearling. A business structured for profit in these three areas is likely to produce a profit in the short term and sustainability in the long term.”

Read the Entire Story >>>

Farmer, rancher business sessions set for Montrose next month

carrizo-cows-SMALLThe Montrose Daily News has taken note of our upcoming Holistic Management Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning course in Montrose Colorado.  Read the article.

If you are interested in enrolling in the course. We are offering scholarships and we still have a few slots open. Get More Information

North Dakota Practitioners in the News

We’ve always very excited here when Holistic Management practitioners get recognized in the news media for the results they achieve. Here’s a couple of excerpts from a news story from KXNews on Cody and Deanna Sand from Ashley, North Dakota

“Actually we sold a lot of equipment we didn’t need. We kind of cleaned up a lot of debt by getting rid of a lot of items we didn’t need anymore; to be a little more low input.”

“We’ve noticed in the past few years that we’ve probably doubled our production on a lot of land just by giving it more rest days, having the cattle in it for a shorter period. “

Holistic Management Certified Educator, Joshua Dukart

Holistic Management Certified Educator, Joshua Dukart

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According to the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition,  the Sands started learning Holistic Management in 2011 in a course taught by Holistic Management Certified Educator Joshua Dukart.  They are continuously working on improving their soil health and quality of life while minimizing  inputs and changed to calving in sync with nature.

If you like the results the Sands are achieving, be sure to check out the various training programs HMI offers to farmers and ranchers.  All of which are taught by Holistic Management Certified Educators.

Practitioners honored for their work

Holistic Mangement Practitioners, Birdwell & Clark Ranch


We are so proud of Holistic Management practitioners and HMI supporters, Deborah Clark and Emry Birdwell of the Birdwell/Clark Ranch in Texas.  They have been awarded the 2014 UNT Quail Keystone Ranch Award.  The award honors ranchers who participate in UNT Quail research, implement quail management practices and demonstrate improvement in quail population numbers, and host UNT Quail field days or educational events for the North Texas region.  As a matter of fact, Deborah and Emry hosted on of HMI’s Cows & Quail programs last year. Here’s an excerpt from an article Matt Kelton of the Pioneer Sentinel wrote.

Deborah Clark and Emry Birdwell manage the 14,200 Birdwell and Clark Ranch east of Henrietta. Clark and Birdwell focus on wildlife sustainability and sustainable grazing through holistic management practices, and have seen a 452 percent improvement in bobwhite quail populations on their land this fall, earning them the 2014 UNT Quail Keystone Ranch Award. Their efforts were honored during a reception held in Dallas on Nov. 13.  Read More….

I had the honor of meeting Deborah at the recent Holistic Management Rendezvous 2014 and was impressed with her enthusiasm, skill, and commitment to the practice of Holistic Management and her support of HMI.

Congratulations Deborah and Emry!!!

Canadian Holistic Management practitioners in the news

I just came across this nice little article about Holistic Management practitioners Connie Smith and  The Western Producer LogoBrian Chrisp in Alberta Canada. Here’s an excerpt from article, written by Karen Morrison and published in the Western Producer

This warm day, Chrisp shows off animals grazing belly deep in grass and pastures with a dense trash cover.

“When looking at the grasses in pastures, it goes without saying it’s working,” said Smith, who was raised on a grain farm near Govan, Sask.

Chrisp owns eight quarters and rents another seven quarters of pasture for the 150 purebred cows he keeps on abundant stands of grass. He winters about 350, buying most of his feed, and sells purebred bulls at a sale in April each year.

“There’s no crop farmer in me. I love grass and cattle,” said Chrisp, who has also taught farm management and cow-calf production at nearby Lakeland College.

“I like cows rather than tractor operations.”

He adopted holistic management practices, including shorter grazing periods and longer rest periods, to better manage grass and extend the grazing season.

“I have grass stands that were seeded in 1983 still productive,” said Chrisp.

Read the full article on the Western Producer website.