The 3R Ranch of Beulah, CO is approximately 10,360 acres with about half in grazable forest, 4,530 acres in rangeland, and 720 acres of irrigated pasture and hayland nestled in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies at an elevation ranging from 7,800 to 5,700 feet. The ranch passed from the Nolan Land Grant to Peter and Emily Dotson in 1868. Reeves and Betsy Brown leased a small feedlot and stock farm in Lubbock, TX until they had enough savings to buy a stock farm at Cameron, TX, and operated it until they were able to fulfill their dream of buying the 3R Ranch in 1981.
When Holistic Management came into their lives in 1985, they were sure that this was the way to manage their ranch. They took and retook every course in Holistic Management available to them. The Browns say that HMI has been their “leader and teacher and joy”. Today, the ranch runs 450 Black Angus/Simmy cross cows. Irrigation water comes from the South Saint Charles River including three pivots and occasional floods. They have a small hunting operation with excellent game such as antelope, elk, deer, and turkey.
With their son having no interest in ranching, the couple feels fortunate to have succession plans to leave the ranch to Chad Helvey who grew up in eastern Pueblo County, played serious football, and attended Colorado State University-Pueblo.
(see below how you can meet Reeves, Betsy, and Chad and learn more about their successful cattle operation and succession plans and how you can implement Holistic Management in your own ranching business)
For more information on 3R Ranch and their success with Holistic Management, please read HMI’s IN PRACTICE articles 3R Ranch — A Ranch Transfer Fairy Tale and Healing the Land for 25 Years — The 3R Ranch.
Join us at 3R Ranch!
Low-Risk, Low-Cost Grazing Workshop
August 12-13, 2021
Put profit back into ranching with a low-cost and low-risk grazing management system!
$350 (includes lunch both days)
Scholarships are available
Join Reeves, Betsy, and Chad at the award-winning 3R Ranch for a 2-day HMI learning event as they discuss more on succession planning and where you will participate in the implementation and monitoring of a safe-to-fail grazing trial led by HMI Executive Director and HMI Professional Certified Educator Wayne Knight.
- Establishing the priorities – a case for low-cost, low-risk ranching
- The importance of ecosystem health and key monitoring to ensure results
- Identifying risks and how to manage, monitor, and correct deviations from the plan
- Steps to accelerate your learning with certainty and confidence
- Determining optimal plant recovery times for your land
- Identifying, managing, and monitoring key indicators – animal production, ecosystem function, and quality of life
- Financial considerations and decisions for healthy profits
- Considering risk, stress, and quality of life in production decisions
- Takeaway actions for you to implement on your ranch
Dinner and Social Option
Aug 12 at 5:30pm – $25 Optional Dinner and Social featuring a discussion on Succession Planning with Reeves & Betsy Brown and Chad Helvey