Experienced graziers – increase your profit potential, improve your soil health, and discover how to have a better quality of life on your ranch!
July 23-24, 2020
Karval Community Building – Karval, CO and Brett Gray Ranch – Rush, CO
This two-day workshop will be filled with interactive sessions facilitated by HMI Certified Educator Kirk Gadzia, and real-life examples and learnings of one of Colorado’s most experienced and successful ranchers, Louis Martin.
This is a great opportunity to be on the land at Brett Gray Ranch, see successful regeneration in action, discuss the ranch’s achievements, and learn from its challenges.
Enjoy bonus information and field discussions on value-added birding and wildlife enterprises, bird-friendly ranching marketing bonuses, and cost-sharing options for infrastructure development from our collaborators, PLUS:
- Gain a deeper understanding of plant growth cycle for maximum forage production
- Improve your forage assessment skills
- Plan ahead to mitigate the effects of drought and retain more water on your land
- Prioritize infrastructure development for a better return on investment
- Evaluate financial implications of your livestock management
|July 23, 2020||July 24, 2020|
|Karval Community Building Session||Karval Community Building Session|
|9:00 Introductions & Workshop Overview||8:30 Review and Discussion|
|9:30 The Big Picture: Grazing Planning Complexity||9:00 Increasing Your Ranch Profitability with Louis Martin and Kirk Gadzia|
|10:00 Exercise: Grazing Priorities||9:45 Tools for Planning Your Grazing with Louis Martin and Kirk Gadzia|
|10:45 The Physiology of Plants: Life Cycle, Timing, and Recovery||10:30 Drought Planning|
|11:15 Grazing Principles: Severe Grazing, Overgrazing, Animal Impact, Stock Density||11:15 Infrastructure for Grazing Management|
|11:45 Grazing Planning Exercise: Calculations||12:00 Lunch with Audubon Rockies|
|12:00 Lunch with the Bird Conservancy and NRCS||Brett Gray Ranch Session|
|Brett Gray Ranch Session||1:00 Ranch Tour and Discussions:|
-Water and fence options, roads, corrals, and other infrastructure for flexible grazing
-Problem areas on the ranch and opportunities for improvement
-Current and future priorities
-Current drought plan
-Grazing planning and flexibility
|1:00 - 4:30 Field Presentations and Discussions:|
-Ranch History/Practices, Current Objectives, and Challenges, Grazing Plan Review with Louis Martin
-Forage Assessment Exercise with Kirk Gadzia
-Bird and Plant Identification and the Value of Diversity with Ryan Parker and Dustin Downey
|4:00 Q&A and Wrap-Up:|
-What new management action will you take when you return home?
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE due to COVID-19 restrictions – hurry and register today!
*Compliance with CDC safety guidelines is required at the workshop.
$100 for 2 days, includes lunch. Lunch will be provided by Friendship Circle, a non-profit that has been serving the Karval community since 1934. Registration ends on July 18, 2020. Eligible for Scholarships. Get the scholarship application here, due by July 14, 2020.
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.
Camping is available at Brett Gray Ranch. The next closest lodging is near the Colorado Springs airport.
Morning Presentations Karval Community Building
29085 County Rd S, Karval, CO 80823
Karval is about 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs, near the Steels Fork Ranch (formerly the Smith Ranch). From Colorado Springs take Hwy 94 East to Hwy 71 at Punkin Center South 7 miles to County Road T, follow the blacktop to town.
On-the-Land Learning at Brett Gray Ranch
The Brett Gray Ranch is a 50,000-acre ranch currently leased and managed by Round River from the Colorado State Land Board. In partnership with the State Land Board and The Nature Conservancy, Round River has a three-part goal to maintain a productive and sustainable ranching operation, encourage science and stewardship that maintains biodiversity and a sustainable prairie ecosystem, and to support education and community outreach to appreciate and support effective conservation of prairie ecosystems through responsible ranching.
During the past seven years of operations at the Brett Gray Ranch, Round River has demonstrated its commitment to these principles by implementing a planned rotational grazing system that is designed to limit the duration of the grazing process and provide adequate recovery for the grazed plants. This grazing system helps to improve the four ecosystem processes by adding more organic matter to the soil, building a stronger root system, providing better water capture and infiltration, stronger more vigorous plants that capture more energy from the sun, increases the biodiversity of the plant and animal community and helps to protect sensitive riparian areas from degradation and erosion.
These improvements have been achieved during some of the most severe drought conditions on record and have been documented through an intensive monitoring process conducted by Round River, the State Land Board and The Nature Conservancy.
Instructors and Speakers
Kirk Gadzia is a Professional Certified Educator with Holistic Management International® (HMI) and has over 25 years of experience teaching the concepts of natural resource management worldwide. As founder and owner of Resource Management Services, his extensive international consulting work uniquely qualifies him to help you achieve your organizational and individual objectives. Kirk holds a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Range Science. He is a co-author of several important books on Rangeland Management. His years of assisting people on the land and working in a wide variety of cultural and family situations worldwide help Kirk approach his consulting and training in an interactive, hands-on style. His training sessions are known for their relaxed atmosphere, open dialogue, and practical real-life examples.
Louis Martin currently serves as the CEO and general manager for Round River and oversees management of the Brett Gray and Lyme BX Ranches, working in collaboration with the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners (SLB), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and others to achieve the desired goals of all stakeholders. He has been involved in the livestock and ranching business for over forty years, and has served sixteen years as general manager for the Texas A&M University Beef Cattle Center in College Station, Texas, where he oversaw all cattle operations and facilitated the teaching, research and extension activities at the Center. In addition, he has been involved in Holistic Management for over thirty years, consulted for numerous ranches and managed large ranches in Texas, northeastern Utah and Colorado before coming to the Brett Gray Ranch. Louis received a BS and Master’s degree in Animal Science and Ranch Management at Texas A&M University, has trained with several certified Holistic Management instructors, is an alumni of Ranching for Profit, is an Executive Link board member, and participates in numerous education opportunities annually.
Kelsea Holloway, a native to Idaho, received her bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho in 2013. During her years as an undergrad she assisted with prairie song bird studies and pygmy rabbit habitat studies. In 2014 she moved to Minnesota to assist the Natural Resources Conservation Service with the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP). After almost 2 years in Minnesota, Kelsea joined the Bird Conservancy team in Colorado. She now assists multiple counties in northeast Colorado with WRP management and wetland restoration.
Dusty Downey is the Conservation Ranching Program Lead for Audubon Rockies responsible for all aspects of the program in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and Nevada. He was born and currently lives with his wife and two daughters on a working cattle ranch in Northeast Wyoming. Dusty has extensive experience with cattle production, supply chain development, and animal husbandry. He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming.
Mark Peterson has been a part of the Colorado Field Ornithologists (CFO) since 2003, soon after moving back to the state. He is the chairperson of the Colorado Bird Records Committee, he is the CFO county list master, a current CFO board member, and on the CFO Conservation committee. Mark has extensive birding experience throughout the state, especially on the plains of Colorado. He leads field trips for multiple organizations and helps organize field trips for the annual CFO convention.
Thank You to our Collaborators
Thank you to our funders
Martha Records & Rich Rainaldi.
Without their support, this program would not be possible.