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**HMI EVENT** Colorado – Lowry Grazing Workshop

November 13, 2019 - November 14, 2019

Aurora, Colorado
November 13 & 14 2019
9:00AM – 4:00PM
$100 (includes lunch both days!)

As a rancher, you know that how you manage your herd affects the health of your land. Holistic Management International invites you to this 2-day workshop to spend time both in the classroom and on the land to learn about key grazing strategies and implementation and learn all the steps necessary to create your own holistic grazing plan to achieve your goals.

What to Expect

Kirk Gadzia has decades of experience consulting around the world to help ranchers manage their livestock and grazing, and is one of HMI’s most experienced and respected Certified Educators.  With Kirk’s interactive style and practical guidance, you will learn:

  • How to get your livestock to the right place at the right time and for the right reasons
  • How to maximize your stocking rate
  • How to plan your grazing to increase your profits from meat, milk, or fiber
  • How to use animals as tools to create the future landscape you desire
  • How to maximize production and profitability from both land and animals
  • How to effectively plan and utilize stock density and herd effect
  • How to manage grazing and animal impact to regenerate soil health and build resilient, productive, and biodiverse landscapes

Kirk will share a case study and cover the step by step biological planning procedure to produce both a dormant and growing season plan. If time allows, participants will work on biological plans for their own property.  To get the most out of Kirk Gadzia’s experience and instruction, we recommend you bring maps, paddock sizes and quality estimates, and information regarding specifics of an actual property.



November 13, 2019:  9 am – 4 pm

  • Principles & Purpose of Holistic Planned Grazing
  • Holistic Grazing Planning Guidelines
  • Holistic Grazing Plan Development Exercise
  • Outdoor Exercise – Measuring Forage a& Animal Days per Acre

November 14, 2019:  8 am – 4 pm

  • Grazing Strategies for Improving Land Productivity
  • Step by Step: Putting Together your Grazing Plan
  • Implementing & Monitoring your Grazing Plan


Kirk Gadzia, Holistic Management International Certified Educator, Founder of Resource Management Services, LLC

Kirk has over 20 years of experience teaching the concepts of Holistic Management® worldwide. Combined with his extensive international consulting work on many agricultural operations, he is uniquely qualified to help ranchers achieve their learning objectives. Kirk is co-author of the important National Academy of Sciences book: Rangeland Health. He holds a BS degree in Wildlife Biology and an MS in Range Science. Kirk works directly with producers to achieve profitability in their operations. He also provides customized training and consulting to a wide variety of conservation organizations. Kirk’s interactive, hands-on style approach comes from years of assisting people on the land. His courses are known for a relaxed atmosphere, open dialogue and practical real-life examples.

Nick Trainor, Owner Trainor Cattle Company

A fifth- generation rancher from southeastern Colorado, Nick Trainor has always known he wanted to be a cattleman and has been running cattle on leased land since high school. Nick studied animal science and agriculture business at Colorado State University, with an emphasis in integrated resource management. Nick worked as a range management specialist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service for 9 years before becoming a fulltime rancher and starting Trainor Cattle Company. Nick is a holistic management practitioner, and is a member of the Ranching for Profit alumni program, Executive Link. In January 2014 Trainor Cattle Company was selected through a competitive process to be the grazing lessee on the 26,000 acre Colorado State Land Board (SLB) Lowry Ranch property. This unique lease is based on holistic management principles and will serve as a test-bed to be used on additional SLB properties.

Here’s what previous participants said about our Grazing Planning workshops:

“I really think the soil information I bring away will be immediately put to use.”  

Kirk is a great instructor! The classroom time fills your brain, and getting out on the land opens you up to the real picture.

I learned a lot, especially the value of getting a plan on paper so that I have an actual visual”

“I intend to do high stock density on just part of the ranch. Complete a plan with a new perspective & knowledge learned. Previously, I was stuck in moving forward.”


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Advanced registration is $100 per person (includes lunch both days). Online registration closes November 5, 2019.  Walk in registration is $120 per person, if available.

Register soon, as we have limited space available. Sorry, registration fees are non-refundable.

If you are unable to register online, please fill out the HMI Event Registration Form and mail along with your check or money order to:

HMI Registration Dept.
5941 Jefferson St. NE, Ste B
Albuquerque, NM 87109
All registrants will receive a 15% discount off the normal $100 price of HMI’s Planned Grazing Software. This software is not required for the class – paper charts will be available as part of the class – but is highly recommended by instructor Kirk Gadzia. If you plan on using the software we recommend purchasing this in advance to get your paddock information entered prior to the class.

This is a rain or shine event. Please bring appropriate clothing, footwear and a water bottle. For biosecurity reasons please do not bring any dogs.

About the Ranch:

The Lowry Ranch property is held by the School Trust and managed on behalf of that Trust by the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners (CSLB). The property is located in unincorporated Arapahoe County at the southeastern edge of the greater metropolitan Denver area. Since the Lowry Ranch was acquired by the CSLB in the 1960s it has been used for grazing, limited mineral development, low-impact recreational use, and for multiple rights of way—in all, approximately 20 leases exist on the 26,000 acre Lowry Ranch. The ranch is also home to many diverse species  including pronghorn antelope, well over 150 bird species including nesting bald eagles and 13 other raptor species, and one of the largest contiguous tracts in Colorado of an important type of native grasslands—remnant Piedmont Foothills prairie. The CSLB is working with TNC to meet certain conservation goals such as improved wildlife habitat for birds and balancing prairie dog conservation with a viable agricultural operation. Overseeing this project is William Woolston, the CSLB North Central District Resource Specialist. Because of its size, location, and complexity, both the CSLB and TNC believe that the operation at Lowry offers a great opportunity to show that Holistic Management can be a powerful tool for advancing a successful ranching operation that meets the requirements of ownership and that supports ecosystem and rangeland health and the conservation of many species of plants and animals.



Please meet at the Windmill Room
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds
25690 East Quincy Avenue
Aurora, CO 80016

We will caravan from the classroom to Lowry Ranch for the outdoors portion of the day.

Special thank you to our funder for making this day possible:

Green Spark Ventures

Thank you to our collaborators & outreach partners:


Sponsor This Series:

Our Open Gate series offers organizations, agencies and businesses a great opportunity to network with farmers, ranchers and consumers interested in sustainable agricultural ideas, products and services. We offer a variety of affordable Sponsorship Opportunities to connect you with our community. Please email Stephanie von Ancken at [email protected] for more information.



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