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*HMI Event* Advanced Grazing Workshop – Texas
October 7, 2021 - October 8, 2021
How to Balance Animal Performance, Mitigate Drought Risk, and Grow More Grass
October 7-8, 2021, 8:30am – 5:00pm 5190 County Road 398, Decatur, TX 76234 Click here for directions.
This two-day event is a hands-on workshop where you will participate in the implementation and monitoring of a safe-to-fail grazing trial at the Leo Ranch in Texas led by HMI Interim Executive Director and HMI Professional Certified Educator, Wayne Knight. Topics include:
- 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
The workshop content integrates 3 essential areas of grazing management, together with the essential “How To” steps of the process.
Learn to read what your animals can tell you about their interaction with the land so you can plan and manage to reduce your risk and stress and make a profit.
Wayne Knight – Interim Executive Director and Certified Educator, HMI
With 27 years of ranching experience using Holistic Management, Wayne has had an identity crisis. When he joined the 11,000-acre family ranching business he called himself a cattle rancher. He changed to calling himself a grass farmer. Later still, he called himself a soil-microbe farmer, though he has always marketed beef. Privileged to work with his father, Tom Knight, who was an early adopter of Holistic Management under Allan Savory – Stan Parsons consulting, Wayne enthusiastically increased and intensified the practices HMI teaches. He became a Certified Educator in 2006 and was actively involved with the Southern African Certified Educator community organization, Community Dynamics. He has spoken at numerous conferences in Southern Africa, trained and mentored farmers, hosted open days on his property, and has written about his positive results using Holistic Management. Before joining the team at HMI Wayne served as a board member of the organization for 8 years. Through his enthusiasm for Holistic Management, Wayne has traveled widely visiting farmers who practice high-density, long recovery grazing practices in Southern Africa, Australia, and the US. As a young graduate with a Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Natal, South Africa, he traveled across the US west working on ranches in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, California, and New Mexico. When not involved in Holistic Management you will find him fishing, birding, hiking, or exploring wild spaces and places with his family. An enthusiastic traveler, hunter, and photographer, he loves discovering new places and making new friends.
Registration: $350 (includes lunch both days)
Early Bird Pricing: $280 (Tickets purchased before September 8, 2021!!!)
Partial scholarships are available. APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP HERE
HMI stands behind our training programs. If you participate fully in this training program by attending all sessions and completing all assignments satisfactorily, and if you are not completely satisfied within 10 days of program completion, we will refund your registration fees.
Of note, the format and/or requirements for event attendance may change in light of shifting CDC and state public health guidelines. HMI will make every effort to communicate these changes in a timely fashion.
|Day 1: 10/7/2021|
|9h00 Session 1 – Animal Performance|
|10h45 Session 2 – Effective Management of Ecosystem Processes|
|11h30 Practical – Ecosystem Process Evaluation|
|13h15 Session 3 – Risk – Grazing Strategy|
|14h30 Practical – Grazing Evaluation|
|15h30 Using Grazing Evaluations|
|17h00 Day 1 program ends.|
|Day 2: 10/8/2021|
|9h00 Session 4 – Safe-to-Fail Trials|
|10h00 Outdoor Practical|
|13h00 Tying it all together – Risk, Performance, and Ecosystem Health|
|17h00 Workshop ends|
From our Advanced Grazing Workshop in Colorado, August 2021
“This is monitoring I can use.”
“Finally, something I can take home and use!”
– workshop participants
Special thanks to our Funder for making this event possible.