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*HMI EVENT* Holistic Grazing Planning Online Course

February 22 - March 29

Holistic Grazing Planning

“Holistic Grazing Planning was an excellent stepping stone off of the Whole Farm Planning course I recently completed. The challenges of grazing on a small urban property are unique and the tools I gained will allow me to maximize the output of our land while increasing soil health and maintaining a happy, healthy herd. Also, as if I needed another excuse, monitoring paddock quality throughout the season will get me out on the land, with my hands to the earth.” – Randy Pistacchio, Colorado, USA

Certificate Program

Certificate Program

Scholarship Program

Scholarships Available

FSA Approved

FSA Approved*

In this course, you will learn the key grazing planning principles and practices for improving land health and productivity. You will learn the steps to this simple approach to grazing planning so that you can better analyze and address critical grazing considerations, as well as determine forage inventory, animal needs, and grazing and recovery periods. Once you have clarity about these parameters you will learn how to develop and communicate to others a written grazing plan.

Dates: February 22 – March 29, 2021 (February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
Time: 4PM – 5PM MST
Scholarship Deadline: February 14, 2021
Registration Deadline: February 22, 2021
InstructorHMI Certified Educator, Ralph Tate

  • How to address key management considerations
  • Identification & mapping of grazing areas for effective management of forage
  • Regenerative grazing principles
  • How to determine animal carrying capacity and  herd makeup
  • Plant recovery periods and grazing periods
  • Approaches to written grazing planning to maximize productivity and profitability
  • Implementing and monitoring a grazing plan for success
  • Feed needs for grazing and non-grazing periods
  • Developing grazing plans that works with nature
  • Basics of using animal behavior to improve grazing management
  • You’ll develop a grazing plan which will consist of a grazing map and grazing chart that identifies key management issues, estimated forage production, actual forage utilization, and livestock moves to maximize forage production and animal performance.
  • Explore issues around grazing and recovery periods
  • Discuss options for grazing implementation and how they influence infrastructure development and animal performance

Fee & Financial Assistance

Classes require a minimum of 10 and are restricted to a maximum of 35 participants.

Money-Back Guarantee

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.


This course is seven weeks long and you should plan on about 2 – 4 hours each week to participate in the webinars and complete the assignments. While the webinars are scheduled at a particular time, you will be able to complete the assignments at any time during the week. Don’t worry if you miss a webinar, we’ll be recording them and you can view it before the next scheduled webinar. Assignments may include watching videos, reading, and written exercises.

With real-time audio, video, and whiteboard capabilities our learning environment allows you to stay connected for a more engaging learning experience. You are encouraged to contribute to class discussions (either on the webinar or online forum). You can build relationships with other students from across the country and maybe even the world.

You’ll also receive a FREE one-year introductory electronic subscription to IN PRACTICE and a certificate upon completion of the course.

Technology /Language Requirements

  • Computer (PC or Mac are fine)
  • Reliable high-speed internet access
  • Internet browser (Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari)
  • Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Telephone (cell or landline) OR Microphone
  • E-mail address
  • All classes are taught in English

Classes require a minimum of 10 and are restricted to a maximum of 35 participants. Cancellations received before or within 7 days after the course begins will receive an 80% refund. No refunds will be given otherwise. This policy is required due to financial obligations incurred by HMI in planning these courses. We appreciate your understanding.

Another Participant Testimonial

john mayer

“This course answered my questions perfectly and I’m confident that I now have the knowledge to start a sustainable cow/calf operation on my small acreage.”- John Mayer, Texas, USA

Wondering about the results our courses achieve and the impact they make on our students? Find out here.


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