Open Gate: JX Ranch Day

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Surviving Drought with Effective Ranch Practices and Profitable Marketing

August 9 , 2014
JX Ranch
Tucumcari, New Mexico

Our JX Ranch Day is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers.Whether you are an agricultural producer, wildlife manager, local agency representative, or just interested in ranching, land stewardship, and grassfed beef, this is a day for you.

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At the Open Gate Ranch Day, you’ll…

  •  See what fellow land managers are doing to maintain land health and profitability in a changing environment
  • Learn about how to mitigate drought with good ranching practices and infrastructure
  • Learn indicators of good soil health
  • Learn about profitable grassfed beef marketing
  • Discuss practical grazing strategies to improve water use and land production
  • Learn how to improve wildlife habitat with good ranch practices
  • Hear how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of sustainable agriculture



Advanced registration is $20 per person (includes lunch). You can register for the JX Ranch Day by clicking on the button to the right.  Walk in registration is $30 per person, if available. Register soon, as we have limited space available. Sorry, registration fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to register online, please fill out the HMI Event Registration Form and mail along with your check or money order to:

Registration Dept.
5941 Jefferson St. NE, Ste B
Albuquerque, NM 87109

This is a rain or shine event. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.


SaturdayAugust 9, 2014
9:30Introductions & Orientation – A. Adams
9:35JX Ranch: How to Survive a Drought – Tom and Mimi Sidwell
10:00Ranch Tour-Water and Fence Infrastructure – Tom and Mimi Sidwell
11:00Assessing Forage Inventory Exercise – A. Adams
1:00Wildlife Habitat & Good Ranch Practices – T. McDaniel, S. Lerich
2:00Soil Health & Wildlife Habitat Indicators Exercise – A. Adams
3:00Profitable Marketing Discussion – L. Bower, M. Sidwell, J. & T. Crews
3:45Q&A & Evaluations


JX Ranch, Turkeys, Holistic Management in New MexicoThe JX Ranch is a 7,000-acre working cattle ranch in northeastern New Mexico about 20 miles south of Tucumcari and Route 66, at an altitude ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 feet. The JX Ranch is operated by Tom and Mimi Sidwell. Longhorn cows and their Charolais-cross calves graze on this ranch. They use holistic planned grazing, which entails moving the cattle frequently through many pastures, leaving the grasses with around 100 days of recovery. The calves never receive any antibiotics, hormones or insecticides, and are eventually sold as dry-aged, natural free-range beef to customers throughout the United States. During the summer months they take in guests who want to experience the real life on a cattle ranch.


JX Ranch MapDirections

The JX Ranch is located 20 miles south of the town of Tucumcari in eastern New Mexico (don’t rely on your GPS)
On Interstate 40, at Tucumcari, take exit 332 and go south approx. 20 miles on Highway 209 towards Ragland and Clovis. Across from mile marker 62 is a black mailbox marked JX RANCH. That is the entrance to the ranch. Turn right there, and follow that road up to the Headquarters, approx. 2.5 miles. Leave all gates as you find them; open – leave open, closed – close them.




HMI Healthly Land, Sustainable Future, Ann Adams, Director of EducationAnn Adams, Holistic Management Certified Educator & HMI’s Interim CEO

Ann has designed and implemented training programs and educational events for both trainers and practitioners, including two USDA-funded, three-year training programs for beginning farmers. She regularly teaches classes (onsite and distance learning) and provides consulting in Holistic Management for family farms and ranches.  As Program Director, Ann focuses on supporting the Holistic Management community, currently overseeing HMI’s Certified Educator training program. Ann is the Editor of HMI’s bi-monthly publication, IN PRACTICE, and also develops on-farm learning opportunities.

tom & Mimi sidwell, jx ranchCROPTom & Mimi Sidwell, JX Ranch

Tom was born in south central New Mexico and grew up on a ranch and learned cowboying from his dad. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Range Management and worked as Manager of large ranches in Southwest Texas and in South Central New Mexico. In 1980 he was introduced to Holistic Management, which he successfully implemented on these ranches. Mimi was born in Sweden, grew up on horseback, riding every day, while dreaming of being a cowboy and riding the wide open spaces of the West.  In 1988 the opportunity presented itself to move to the U.S. and she worked on a ranch, learning everything from fixing windmills, fences and pipelines,  to caring for and working with cattle, while also helping and day-working on other ranches

Sidwell.jack and tuda Jack & Tuda Crews, Ute Creek Cattle Company

In 2001 Tuda Libby Crews and Jack Crews moved from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Bueyeros, New Mexico when deep roots of seven generations of Tuda’s family on the land drew them back to the ranch.  Upon establishing Ute Creek Cattle Company (UCCC) they began the daunting task of land restoration, and with the help of many partners over a twelve-year span were able to accomplish a life-time’s work in a decade.

While blessed to have the privilege of returning to the land and achieving goals, their greatest joy comes from knowing their adult children, Libby and Ted, have agreed to assume responsibility for ensuring UCCC remains a productive agriculture enterprise for future generations.

Laurie Bower, Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance

With over 25 years of experience in marketing and 10 years in non-profit development and local food systems, Laurie Bower currently serves in her sixth year as director of the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance (SWGLA), which represents thousands of small family farms throughout the Southwest.  SWGLA provides education and outreach to ranchers, farmers, consumers and all points in between to support grass-fed livestock.  Laurie also practices permaculture and land restoration on a small homestead in Ribera, New Mexico where she lives with her 2 horses and a flock of pigeons

Tish.-sidwellPatricia “Tish” McDaniel, TNC New Mexico

Patricia “Tish” McDaniel is the Shortgrass Prairie Program Director for TNC in New Mexico. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a B.S. in biology and chemistry and received another B.S. degree in Agriculture from New Mexico State University with an emphasis in wildlife biology and range conservation. Prior to her full-time employment with TNC, Tish worked for 15 years as an environmental educator in Eastern New Mexico and contracted with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Partners Program, Otero Soil and Water Conservation District, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Wildlife Plus and Grasslans Charitable Foundation

Scott LerichScott Lerich, National Wild Turkey Federation

Scott Lerich works across Arizona and New Mexico as a Senior Regional Biologist for the National Wild Turkey Federation. From La Luz, New Mexico and a Certified Wildlife Biologist, Scott works with private and public land managers/owners improving riparian and upland wildlife habitat.  Scott has over 20 years experience working in the Southwestern US, and has been with the NWTF for over 9 years.


This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Thornburg Foundation

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Sponsorship Opportunities Available

The Open Gate: Ross Farm Day offers organizations, agencies and businesses a great opportunity to network with farmers and ranchers interested in sustainable agricultural ideas, products and services. We offer a variety of Sponsorship Opportunities to connect you with our community. Please contact Carrie Stearns, our Customer Service Manager for more information.

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