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*HMI Event* Ranching for Whole System Health: Cattle, Birds, Pollinators, and People – Texas

May 11, 2022 - May 12, 2022

Learn how to transform your ranchland or farmland into a more flourishing ecosystem and thriving business that is home to thick native grasses; diverse plant species; and a healthy mix of wildlife, birds, and pollinators that supports you and your family in multiple ways.

In this 2-day workshop, we’ll empower ranchers and farmers with proven resources that strengthen the cycle of soil health, water retention, drought resistance, animal production, and wildlife habitat. Join Deborah Clark and Emry Birdwell as they share how they manage for whole system health at the award-winning Birdwell & Clark Ranch. Wayne Knight, rancher and Interim Executive Director of Holistic Management International (HMI), will introduce new tools that managers can use to improve their operations. Finally, we will celebrate the results of implementing these management approaches with visits across the ranch.

Discover tools and practices that help land stewards continually improve their management for ecosystem health, animal productivity, profit, and drought risk reduction. 

Topics will include:

  • Practical demonstrations and tools to strategically manage your ranch that will help regenerate the soils; conserve water; and help forage, livestock, wildlife, and people thrive
  • Reading the landscape by monitoring for key lead indicators – ecosystem, livestock production, soil, and more
  • Enhancing natural processes (soil health, water infiltration, and plant diversity) to improve ecological resilience for drought and enhance habitat for birds and pollinators
  • Examination of risk, stress, and quality of life in production decisions, especially in a drought climate
  • Steps you can take back home that allow for early success
These 2 days are guaranteed to inspire and empower you to strengthen your ranch or farm business – or we’ll give you your money back!


Wednesday – May 11, 2022

8-8:30 am Registration
8:30 am Welcome & Introductions
9:00 am History of Birdwell & Clark Ranch and Ecosystem 
9:45 am Holistic Ranch Management Introduction 
11:00 am Effective Grazing Ties to Resilient Land and Healthy Animals
12:15 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Managing for Drought Resilience and Soil Health
2:00 pm Reading the Signs and Monitoring for Health
2:30 pm Landscape Monitoring Tool
3:00 pm Travel to the Field
3:20 pm Practice in the Field
5:00 pm Wrap Up Day One
6:30 pm Optional Dinner  

Thursday – May 12, 2022

8:00 am Greetings & Coffee
8:30 am Recap of Day One and Questions
9:00 am Managing for Diversity and Profit 
9:30 am What Birds and Pollinators Contribute to Your Landscape
10:40 am How to Manage for Whole System Health, Including Your Own
11:30 am Next Steps & Evaluation
12:15 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Rangeland Tour and Range Rally: Unique Opportunities to Improve Your Skills – prizes awarded!
4:30 pm Taking It Back Home 


Registration Deadline: May 4, 2022
Scholarship Deadline: May 1, 2022

$300, includes lunch both days

$25 per person catered dinner option – May 11, 2022

Register soon, as we have limited space available.

Full and partial scholarships are available. APPLY HERE

Birdwell and Clark Ranch

578 N. Bryant Edwards Road, Henrietta, Texas 76365

Birdwell and Clark Ranch, a stocker operation, is a 14,200-acre ranch of tall grass prairie, river bottoms and brushy draws located in north central Texas in Clay County. It serves as a working example of success where Deborah Clark and Emry Birdwell and their family, friends, and community come to joyfully participate in ranch activities and explore the benefits of Holistic Management. The ranch is a model and inspiration as it demonstrates how managing a healthy ecosystem results in thriving regenerative soils, forage, water, livestock, birds, insects and wildlife.


Emry Birdwell and Deborah Clark – Owners/Operators of the Birdwell and Clark Ranch

Emry Birdwell and Deborah Clark operate the Birdwell and Clark Ranch outside of Henrietta, Texas. The focus of the ranching operation is on improving rangeland forage, soil health, and ecosystem processes using stocker cattle as the tool in a high density, short duration managed grazing plan. Deborah and Emry want to share what they continue to learn on the ranch through the principles of holistic and regenerative management and in Emry’s words “try to improve the ranch daily and make money doing it”. Deborah has a MPH from the University of Texas Medical Branch, is a certified educator with Holistic Management International, and is a member of the initial CREATE cohort of aspiring agroecologists created by Integrity Soils. Emry graduated from Texas Tech with a BS in Animal Production.

Wayne Knight – Interim Executive Director and Certified Educator, Holistic Management International

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 an HMI 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.

Amanda Gobeli – Conservation Education Specialist for Conservation Legacy’s Nature Studies Program for Texas Wildlife Association (TWA)

Amanda Gobeli works to help shape the next generation of Texas land stewards. Amanda grew up in Colorado, where she developed a love for wildlife at a young age. She earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of North Texas. She worked with Texas A&M AgriLife prior to coming to TWA. Amanda looks forward to learning, teaching, and fostering relationships that will help protect Texas state’s amazing wildlife and natural resources.

Corban Hemphill – Rangeland Management Specialist, USDA NRCS

Corban Hemphill assists farmers and ranchers with practices to improve their land. His Master’s Degree at Oklahoma State University was focused on grazing systems and range beef cattle nutrition and he has experience working on ranches across 6 US states.

Thomas Schroeder – Audubon Conservation Ranching Program Manager for Texas and Oklahoma

Thomas works with beef and bison producers to certify and promote lands managed to promote birds and biodiversity. Thomas lives in Abilene, Texas with his wife and two sons where he also assists on the family’s cow/calf operation.

Read our Success Stories to learn more about the success practitioners have had with Holistic Management. We believe far too many ranchers and farmers have suffered from the growing demands of the ag industry, but our simpler methods take us back to how ranching and farming should be, as nature intended. Will you join us?

Thank You to Our Collaborators

Thank you to our Scholarship Sponsors

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.

COVID-19 Policy:

Please 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.

Media Policy:

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