Open Gate: Mesquite Grove Ranch Day

Mesquite Grove Ranch, Texas, Holistic Management practitioners

Grazing Practices to Mitigate Drought

August 22, 2014
Mesquite Grove Ranch
Jayton, Texas

Our Mesquite Grove 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, drought mitigation or land management, this is a day for you.

Open Gate Learning Series Holistic Management, HMiWhat to Expect

  • Learn effective ranching techniques to improve rangeland productivity, water holding capacity, soil health, and wildlife habitat
  • Improve forage inventory estimation skills
  • Connect with folks from the local sustainable ag and ranching communities
  • Understand key wildlife habitat health indicators and talk to wildlife biologists with local knowledge
  • Shorten your learning curve by talking to producers who have increased land productivity by practicing  holistic land planning and improving infrastructure (water catchment, fencing and brush clearing)
  • Hear how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of sustainable agriculture


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Advanced registration is $20 per person (includes lunch). You can register for the Mesquite Grove Ranch day by clicking on the button to the right. On-line registration closes Thursday, August 21. 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:

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


FridayAugust 22, 2014
9:30Introductions & Orientation – P. Cole
9:35Mesquite Grove Ranch Welcome & Overview - B. Baldridge
9:50Mesquite Grove Ranch Tour: Reading the Land, Managing Brush, Wildfire and Drought for Wildlife, cattle and soil health,– G. Glosson, K. Reyna, R. Teague, S. Nelle
11:30Getting the Stocking Rate Right: Small Group Exercise on Forage Assessment – G. Glosson, K. Reyna, R. Teague, S. Nelle
12:15Monitoring to Reduce Overgrazing: Small Group Exercise – G. Glosson, K. Reyna, R. Teague, S. Nelle
1:00Lunch at Clairemont Community Center
2:00How Holistic Management helps Mitigates Drought – G. Glosson
2:30Science in Support of Grazing Strategies to Mitigate Drought – R. Teague
3:00Managing Riparian Areas in Drought – S. Nelle
3:30Managing Quail and Deer in Drought – K. Reyna
4:00Evaluation and Adjourn



Mesquite Grove Ranch, Texas Holistic managmentThe 36,000-acre Mesquite Grove Ranch lies north of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River in the “Shinnery” country of Kent County. The vegetation ranges from short and mid grass species of the tighter clay soils to tall grass spe¬cies that dominate the sand hills. There is an abundance of woody species, sand shinnery, shinnoak, hackberry, elm, cottonwood and cedar, just to name a few, and of course plenty of mesquite. Enterprises include hunting for white tailed deer and quail, and cattle, both cow-calf and stockers. Owned by the Baldridge family and managed by Guy Glosson, Mesquite Grove Ranch is the 2002 winner of the Texas Parks and Wildlife “Lone Star Stewardship Award for the Rolling Plains Region of Texas.”

Mesquite Grove Ranch LocationDirections

Come into Clairemont from the south on 208/380. Go 4 miles east on 380 and turn right at the dirt drive marked Mesquite Grove Ranch (aka P4120). If you pass it you will come to the intersection of Hwy 70 and Hwy 380. Turn around, go 2 miles and take the left onto the ranch. Once on the ranch, headquarters is about 2 miles in.



Guy Glossom, Holistic Management Certified Educator, HMI

Guy Glosson, Holistic Management Certified Educator

Guy has been repeatedly recognized for outstanding land stewardship and livestock handling. He has over 30 years of experience in Holistic Management, low-stress livestock handling and consulting to farmers and ranchers.  Down to earth, with an engaging style, Guy has coached hundreds of people in his successful management methods.  Under his holistic approach to land stewardship, he has enhanced the fertility and profitability of the ranch where he has been a manager for the past 26 years.  In 2011, he was recognized for his success with the award for Outstanding Leadership in Ranching from the Quivira Coalition, an organization dedicated to bringing together ranchers, environmentalists, scientists and public land stewards in the American West. Mesquite Grove Ranch, under Guy’s management, received the prestigious Lone Star Land Steward Award from Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Richard Teauge, Researcher Holistic Management

Richard Teague, Associate Director & Professor, Sustainable Rangeland Management Program,Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Richard has researched the advantages of multi-paddock grazing. His philosophy is that research must provide the link for land managers to make informed decisions for sustainable management. His goal is to use a systems approach to land and livestock management that sustains natural rangeland resources. Much of his research focuses on what grazing practices help mitigate drought and other issues of global climate change.

Dr. Kelly Reyna, Professior, University of North Texas  Founder of UNT Quail, Holisic Management

Dr. Kelly Reyna, Professor, University of North Texas & Founder of UNT Quail

Kelly grew up in North Texas where he developed his love for wildlife while hunting and fishing with his dad and uncle. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served as a nuclear reactor operator on board a ballistic missile submarine. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Tarleton State University studying the nesting ecology of Rio Grande wild turkeys. He obtained a Master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries from Texas A&M University studying the population dynamics of northern bobwhites. He earned his Ph.D. in Developmental Physiology at the University of North Texas by studying the effects of drought conditions on developing bobwhite quail. He has served as the coordinator of the Texas Quail Index and Senior Manager of Quail and Grassland Birds for Audubon Texas. His research centers on the integrative ecology of quail and prairie chickens, and he currently teaches the first ever Wildlife Ecology and Management course. Dr. Reyna also serves on several state and national wildlife advisory boards.

Steve Nelle, Wildlife Biologist and natural resources consultant

Steve Nelle, Wildlife Biologist and Natural Resources Consultant

Steve  has 37 years of direct experience with Texas landowners and private lands conservation. In his work with the NRCS as Range Conservationist and Wildlife Biologist, he had the privilege of working on hundreds of ranches across a large part of the state. His work with ranchers, landowners and natural resource professionals has provided him with relevant and practical insights into land management issues and the desire to better understand the big picture. Since his retirement in 2011, Nelle continues to provide natural resource assistance and helping landowners plan and carry out comprehensive and sustainable range / wildlife / watershed management. Areas of special interest include plant ecology, range and habitat management, land stewardship ethics and riparian dynamics. He is married to the former Marnie Needham of Llano and they have three children and six grandchildren.


Peggy Cole, Program Manager, Holistic Management International, HMI

Peggy Cole, Program Manager, HMI

Peggy produces learning opportunities wherever the need arises. Based in Texas, Peggy has worked in this field for 25 years and over that time has developed good working relationships with farmers, ranchers, agencies and nonprofits all over Texas and beyond. She has been a breeder of Arabian horses and German Shorthaired Pointers in the Texas hill country and has a special interest in helping folks apply Holistic Management to small acreage ranchettes.


This event is made possible by a generous contribution from The Dixon Water Foundation

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Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Our Open Gate: Mesquite Grove Ranch 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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