HMI and The Nature Conservancy are joining forces to bring in top-notch experts to inform Colorado ranchers on the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) Sustainability Framework, engage in discussions and explore putting regenerative methods into practice. Join us for this valuable experience where you will learn more about:
- Implementing tools from the USRSB and keying in on success for the U.S. beef supply chain
- Holistic Management®, planned grazing and evaluation of ecosystem processes
- TNC’s scientific monitoring studies on bighorn sheep and various wildlife and pinion-juniper plus other vegetation and results of prescribed burning
- The PastureMap app and how to efficiently and effectively plan, monitor, and manage grazing
- Practice forage evaluation and calculating animal days per acre (ADAs)
|Wednesday, June 27, 2018||Activity Description|
|9:00 – 9:30 AM Welcome & Overview of JE Canyon Ranch and Managing for Sustainability with JJ Autry|
|9:30 – 10:45 AM U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef National Beef Sustainability Framework with Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, Ph.D. and Steve Wooten||Leaders of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) will describe its new Sustainability Framework, which is open for public comment until July 1, 2018. The proposed framework presents metrics and guidance for key indicators of success for each sector in the U.S. beef supply chain, including efficiency and yield, land resources, animal health and well-being, air and greenhouse gasses, employee health and well-being, and water resources. To learn more about the USRSB Sustainability Framework or to participate in the public comment period, please visit www.USRSBFramework.org.|
|10:45 – 11:00 AM Break|
|11:00 – 12:00 PM A Colorado Scorecard for Sustainable Grazing Lands with William Burnidge||In alignment with the USRSB Sustainability Framework, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is currently testing a “scorecard” to evaluate how integrated planning and management support improved economic, social, and ecological outcomes on working ranches in Colorado. TNC will present the scorecard, offer examples of how we are beginning to apply it at JE Canyon and other Colorado ranches, and lead a discussion of how the scorecard may be improved.|
|12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch|
|1:00 – 2:00 PM Science & Holistic Management with Chris Pague||The Nature Conservancy is committed to using best available science to guide its work and support improved outcomes for nature and people. TNC staff will describe how we are (1) advancing our understanding of ecological processes, current and potential conditions, and the influence of grazing and other management tools and (2) using that knowledge to create and implement goal-based plans intended to maintain and improve the economic performance and ecological conditions of ranches in ways that enhance the lives of the people who depend on them for their livelihoods.|
|2:00 – 4:00 PM JE Canyon Ranch Field Tour||TNC staff will lead a field tour to illustrate how we are seeking to put the principles described in the prior session into practice at JE Canyon Ranch through a bighorn sheep collar study, wildlife and vegetation monitoring, a pinon-juniper baseline study, and the results of recent prescribed burns and plans for future action.|
|4:00 – 4:45 PM Holistic Management as a Practical Means for Planning & Attaining Goals with Kathy Harris||Learn how Holistic Management can practically assist ranchers to systematically manage toward improved economic, social, and ecological objectives and provide examples of the success that TNC and Beatty Canyon Ranch are achieving at JE Canyon and other Colorado ranches by using Holistic Management.|
|4:45 – 5:30 PM Discussion & Wrap Up|
|5:30 PM Adjourn|
|Thursday, June 28, 2018||Activity Description|
|9:00 – 10:00 AM Using Holistic Management to Improve Outcomes & Advance the Sustainability of Your Operation with Kirk Gadzia||Kirk Gadzia, a highly experienced sought out Professional Holistic Management Certified Educator, will describe his experience applying Holistic Management to improve working-ranch outcomes in the US and other countries and how Holistic Management can practically assist ranchers to manage toward relevant sustainability metrics.|
|10:00 – 10:30 AM Break|
|10:30 – 12:00 PM PastureMap and the Potential for Technology to Improve Ranch Management & Outcomes with Christine Su, Erin Kiley & JJ Autry||PastureMap staff will describe how their tools support ranchers to efficiently and effectively plan, monitor, and manage grazing and other aspects of their operations; keep team members connected and coordinated at all times; plan ahead and respond quickly to weather and drought; and document actions and outcomes relevant in today’s marketplace. The Nature Conservancy will also demonstrate how it is beginning to use PastureMap at JE Canyon to better plan and document management and outcomes.|
|12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch||Discussion with Kathy Harris and William Burnidge: What else would you like to know? What resources, tools, knowledge, or training would you most like to obtain?|
|1:00 – 3:30 PM Field Tour with Kirk Gadzia and experienced producers: Louis Martin, Will Johnson||This field tour and interactive land study discussion will engage participants and experienced producers to address these topics: Wildlife as Part of the Whole: Enriching Ranching with Conservation Perspectives Applying the Tool of Grazing to Your Ranch: Timing and Recovery Evaluating Ecosystem Processes: Looking at your Land Through a New Lens Practice Forage Evaluation and Calculating Animal Days per Acre (ADAs)|
|3:30 – 4:00 PM Q&A and Evaluations|
Registration Fee: $50/person for 2 days or $30/person/day – includes lunch
Advanced Registration Deadline: June 23, 2018
Walk-In Registration: $40/person/day
Space is limited and registration fees are non-refundable.
This unique workshop is brought to you by a collaboration between:
Thanks to these organizations for providing speakers and outreach assistance:
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