This introductory course was geared towards beginning ranchers looking to learn key whole ranch planning concepts and principles to help them manage their ranch for the triple bottom line (social, environmental, and financial sustainability), alongside more effectively managing their human, financial, and natural resources. Instructors included Certified Educator Rob Rutherford, Doniga Markegard of Markegard Family Grassfed, and Sheila Barry, a University of California Extension Livestock Advisor. The focus of this program was predominantly on learning the four ecosystem processes, management inventory development, sustainable decision making, grazing management strategies and tools associated with wildlife habitat.
The 11 participants that completed post-program surveys managed 13, 960 acres combined. There was a 100% satisfaction rating with the course and there was interest expressed in learning more about Holistic Management.
Here are some of the key outcomes from the day:
|Knowledge/Behavior Change||% of participants|
|Ability to develop a whole farm/ranch goal||82%|
|Ability to integrate social, economic, and environmental factors into your decisions||82%|
|Ability to make complex on-farm/ranch decisions||73%|
|How different tools effect ecosystem processes on your farm/ranch||82%|
|Have or intend to use decision testing techniques to inform ranch operations||100%|
|Have or intend to create plan for grazing and implement plan||100%|