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*HMI EVENT* Colorado – Low-Risk, Low-Cost Grazing Workshop
August 12, 2021 - August 13, 2021
August 12-13, 2021, 8:30am – 5:00pm
3R Ranch at 7100 3R Rd S, Beulah, CO 81023
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 award-winning 3R Ranch of Beulah, CO 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
$350 – includes lunch both days
$25 Optional Dinner and Social, Aug 12 at 5:30pm – featuring a discussion on Succession Planning with Reeves & Betsy Brown and Chad Helvey
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.
Hampton Inn & Suites 3315 Gateway Drive Pueblo, CO 719-564-0490
Day’s Inn by Wyndham 6670 West Hwy 165 Colorado City, CO 719-676-2340
About 3R Ranch
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 Brown grew up on his grandfather’s ranch 30 miles inland from Corpus Christi, TX while Betsy Brown was blessed to follow her grandfather around and especially liked learning ranching from him. The Browns met each other at Texas Tech University in the agriculture school. They 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 some wild 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. 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.
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.
Linda Pechin-Long – Owner/Operator, Graze the Prairie
Linda and her husband Keith Long own and operate Graze The Prairie, a cow/calf and direct-to-consumer operation. Graze The Prairie is located in the Kansas Flinthills where they manage about 2000 acres on a ranch in the very Southern part of The Tall Grass Prairie, one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. They graze their animals year-round on native tallgrass prairie grasses. Holistically Planned Grazing, high stock density and planned recoveries, moving our cattle daily in the growing season and twice weekly in the dormant season mimics the movement of animals that historically lived on the prairie and is in concert with how the prairie evolved. As an HMI Certified Educator in training Linda works to help others learn to manage their resources in a way that keeps the business, land, family, and community healthy and thriving.
Ben Berlinger – Rangeland Management Specialist (retired), NRCS
Ben is recently retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as a Rangeland Management Specialist in La Junta and is currently working part-time with the NRCS in Rocky Ford as a Rangeland Resource Specialist under the Agricultural Conservation Experience Service (ACES) program. For the past 28 years, he was employed as the Rangeland Management Specialist for the southeastern Colorado area consisting of 14 counties. He had responsibility for the Technical Rangeland Conservation Program of the NRCS in an area that included the shortgrass prairie ecosystem up to the alpine tundra rangelands of the central Colorado Rocky Mountains. The vast ecological diversity of that job made it a challenging but very rewarding career. Ben is a Colorado native and attended Colorado State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Rangeland Ecosystem Science and Forest Management. He has been a member of the Society for Range Management (SRM) since 1974 and holds a professional certification from the SRM as a Certified Professional in Rangeland Management. He served as President of the Colorado Section of the SRM in 1991. He is currently the Chairman of the Youth Activities Committee of the Colorado Section SRM with instructional responsibilities to youth in the field of rangeland management education at Camp Rocky and FFA programs throughout eastern Colorado. Ben is also a current member of the Colorado Native Plant Society.
Josh Tashiro – Rangeland Management Specialist, NRCS
Josh is the Rangeland Management Specialist with the NRCS for both the Headwaters of the Arkansas River and the South Platte Field Offices. His work is aimed at helping producers manage and enhance their lands. In this collaborative process, they work together, to build a relationship aimed at promoting resilient ecosystems and livelihoods for the years to come. Originally, for the northeastern edge of Denver, and with a family history of farming, he naturally steered down the agricultural path. Though, the aid of some very dear friends of his had the opportunity to spend time during my summers in the mountains of Colorado working on a cattle ranch which led him to attend Colorado State University where he received a BS in Rangeland Ecology with a concentration in Range and Forest Management in 2011. This led to Josh’s career with NRCS, beginning in Fort Collins, Colorado as an intern in 2010. He was then transferred to Kremmling, Colorado in 2011 and then onto Fort Morgan, CO in 2012. Josh has been at his current position in Canon City, CO since the end of 2014. During his time with NRCS, Josh has assisted numerous landowners and operators with inventory and analysis of their resources, which has contributed to many rangeland and ranch management decisions being made or changed. Currently, Josh is serving as Colorado Section Society for Range Management’s past president.
Thanks to the Greenacres Foundation for their scholarship support of our programs.
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