Thirty ranchers, non-profit agricultural managers, and government employees took part in a two-day HMI Holistic Grazing Planning class in Aurora, Colorado taught by HMI Certified Educator Kirk Gadzia. These agricultural professionals influence over 45,000 acres
Thanks to the Thornburg Foundation for their funding of this event and to the West Araphoe and West Greeley Conservation Districts for providing scholarships to this event. Thanks also to the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union for sponsoring this event and to our other supporters and collaborators: Trainor Cattle Company, Colorado State Land Board, The Nature Conservancy, and the Event Center at the Araphoe County Fairgrounds.
When surveyed, 90% of participants said they would develop or modify a written grazing plan. 82% of the participants said they would change management practices as a result of this training and 100% expressed satisfaction for the course. Here are a few additional results for the course.
|Outcome||% of participants|
|Increased confidence in your ability as a grazier||82%|
|Increased confidence in assessing recovery periods||95%|
|Increased confidence in assessing quantity of forage in a pasture||86%|
|Increased confidence in determining the number of animals your land can support for grazing||82%|
|Increased confidence in determining grazing periods||91%|