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.

Mesteno Draw, HMI Professional DevelopmentWhat to Expect

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.





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




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National Wild Turkey Federation

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Southwest Livestock Growers Alliance

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Canadian River Soil and Water District

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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. Register Button Green Large

This event is sold out and we are unable to accommodate walk-in registrations.