June 27-28, 2018
JE Canyon Ranch of Branson, Colorado
$50 per person (includes lunch)
* SORRY, this program is SOLD OUT *
HMI and The Nature Conservancy are joining forces to bring in top-notch experts to inform Colorado ranchers on the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) Sustainability Framework, engage in discussions and explore putting regenerative methods into practice. Join us for this valuable experience where you will learn more about:
- Implementing tools from the USRSB and keying in on success for the U.S. beef supply chain
- Holistic Management®, planned grazing and evaluation of ecosystem processes
- TNC’s scientific monitoring studies on bighorn sheep and various wildlife and pinion-juniper plus other vegetation and results of prescribed burning
- The PastureMap app and how to efficiently and effectively plan, monitor, and manage grazing
- Practice forage evaluation and calculating animal days per acre (ADAs)
|Wednesday, June 27, 2018||Activity Description|
|9:00 – 9:30 AM Welcome & Overview of JE Canyon Ranch and Managing for Sustainability with JJ Autry|
|9:30 – 10:45 AM U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef National Beef Sustainability Framework with Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, Ph.D. and Steve Wooten||Leaders of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) will describe its new Sustainability Framework, which is open for public comment until July 1, 2018. The proposed framework presents metrics and guidance for key indicators of success for each sector in the U.S. beef supply chain, including efficiency and yield, land resources, animal health and well-being, air and greenhouse gasses, employee health and well-being, and water resources. To learn more about the USRSB Sustainability Framework or to participate in the public comment period, please visit www.USRSBFramework.org.|
|10:45 – 11:00 AM Break|
|11:00 – 12:00 PM A Colorado Scorecard for Sustainable Grazing Lands with William Burnidge||In alignment with the USRSB Sustainability Framework, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is currently testing a “scorecard” to evaluate how integrated planning and management support improved economic, social, and ecological outcomes on working ranches in Colorado. TNC will present the scorecard, offer examples of how we are beginning to apply it at JE Canyon and other Colorado ranches, and lead a discussion of how the scorecard may be improved.|
|12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch|
|1:00 – 2:00 PM Science & Holistic Management with Chris Pague||The Nature Conservancy is committed to using best available science to guide its work and support improved outcomes for nature and people. TNC staff will describe how we are (1) advancing our understanding of ecological processes, current and potential conditions, and the influence of grazing and other management tools and (2) using that knowledge to create and implement goal-based plans intended to maintain and improve the economic performance and ecological conditions of ranches in ways that enhance the lives of the people who depend on them for their livelihoods.|
|2:00 – 4:00 PM JE Canyon Ranch Field Tour||TNC staff will lead a field tour to illustrate how we are seeking to put the principles described in the prior session into practice at JE Canyon Ranch through a bighorn sheep collar study, wildlife and vegetation monitoring, a pinon-juniper baseline study, and the results of recent prescribed burns and plans for future action.|
|4:00 – 4:45 PM Holistic Management as a Practical Means for Planning & Attaining Goals with Kathy Harris||Learn how Holistic Management can practically assist ranchers to systematically manage toward improved economic, social, and ecological objectives and provide examples of the success that TNC and Beatty Canyon Ranch are achieving at JE Canyon and other Colorado ranches by using Holistic Management.|
|4:45 – 5:30 PM Discussion & Wrap Up|
|5:30 PM Adjourn|
|Thursday, June 28, 2018||Activity Description|
|9:00 – 10:00 AM Using Holistic Management to Improve Outcomes & Advance the Sustainability of Your Operation with Kirk Gadzia||Kirk Gadzia, a highly experienced sought out Professional Holistic Management Certified Educator, will describe his experience applying Holistic Management to improve working-ranch outcomes in the US and other countries and how Holistic Management can practically assist ranchers to manage toward relevant sustainability metrics.|
|10:00 – 10:30 AM Break|
|10:30 – 12:00 PM PastureMap and the Potential for Technology to Improve Ranch Management & Outcomes with Christine Su, Erin Kiley & JJ Autry||PastureMap staff will describe how their tools support ranchers to efficiently and effectively plan, monitor, and manage grazing and other aspects of their operations; keep team members connected and coordinated at all times; plan ahead and respond quickly to weather and drought; and document actions and outcomes relevant in today’s marketplace. The Nature Conservancy will also demonstrate how it is beginning to use PastureMap at JE Canyon to better plan and document management and outcomes.|
|12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch||Discussion with Kathy Harris and William Burnidge: What else would you like to know? What resources, tools, knowledge, or training would you most like to obtain?|
|1:00 – 3:30 PM Field Tour with Kirk Gadzia and experienced producers: Louis Martin, Will Johnson||This field tour and interactive land study discussion will engage participants and experienced producers to address these topics: Wildlife as Part of the Whole: Enriching Ranching with Conservation Perspectives Applying the Tool of Grazing to Your Ranch: Timing and Recovery Evaluating Ecosystem Processes: Looking at your Land Through a New Lens Practice Forage Evaluation and Calculating Animal Days per Acre (ADAs)|
|3:30 – 4:00 PM Q&A and Evaluations|
Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, Ph.D., Chair of US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef & JBS USA Director of Sustainability
Kim Stackhouse is the Director of Sustainability for JBS USA where she is responsible for coordinating the North American sustainability program, inclusive of the Company’s beef, pork, poultry, case ready, transportation, and branded product business. In this role, Kim leads the Company’s internal sustainability program and public reporting initiatives to leverage best practices and reduce environmental and social impacts. Kim is a board member and the Chair of U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and is active in the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry and Egg.
Kim received her PhD in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis and was a postdoctoral fellow at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Steve Wooten, President of Beatty Canyon Ranch; Board Member of US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef; First Vice President of Colorado Cattlemen’s Association
Steve Wooten says that his wife, Joy, has put up with him for a wonderful 41 years. He has two daughters and five grandchildren. One of his daughters, Niki Henard, is ranching in southeast New Mexico on her husband, Rusty’s, family ranch, and the other, Arin Burnham, is working in Colorado with Steve.
Steve has many titles: he is the president of the Beatty Canyon Ranch Inc as well as the Purgatoire Wildlife Ranch, LLC, he is the Secretary of Chaquaco Cattle Company, LLC and the Kim Equine Pavilion and Education Center (501(c)3. He has served on the board of the National Little Britches Rodeo Association, Colorado State High School Rodeo Association, the Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition, the Biological/Natural Resource Inventory Committee, the Historical, Archaeological and Cultural Committee, the Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, the Finance Committee, and the Executive Stewardship and Lands Committee. He received his Associates of Science degree from the Lamar County Community College.
His awards include the George E. Cranmer Award from Colorado Open Lands, the Stuart P. Dodge Lifetime Achievement award from the Palmer Land Trust, and the Agricultural Award from the Ag Journal/La Junta Chamber. In 2015 he became a member of the United States Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and received the Sand County Foundation Leopold Conservation Award.
William Burnidge, Sustainable Grazing Lands Program Director CO for The Nature Conservancy
William Burnidge is an integral leader in both The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado state program and North America Agriculture program. As the Sustainable Grazing Lands Program Director for Colorado, his work involves building and testing tools to improve conservation, business and quality of life conditions on commercial cattle ranches. William also strives to define and improve incentives that advance sustainable practices. Integral to his job, William collaborates with NGO, agency and beef value chain partners to share and support proven tools and approaches that advance sustainable grazing goals.
Among his many career accomplishments, William’s successful 10-year management of the Conservancy’s 14,000-acre Fox Ranch as both a nature preserve and a commercial ranching operation has positioned him as a well-respected and sought-after expert on the integrated management of grazing lands.
In 2017, William – in addition to his Colorado program work – began working as a Sustainable Grazing Lands Coda Fellow for the North American Agriculture Program. He is providing much-need insight and technical guidance to promote the use of conservation planning among key players in the beef supply chain to achieve significant environmental, social and economic benefits.
Since joining the Conservancy in 2005, William’s list of accomplishments include advancing the sustainable use of the Ogallala Aquifer in Colorado, protecting vital lands in northeast Colorado with conservation easements, and helping shape renewable energy strategies for the Colorado state program and the North America region. He also managed the Conservancy’s relationship with the Colorado State Land Board, providing technical guidance for its energy development programs, support for management of its large ranch assets, and input to its stewardship programs and policies.
Prior to joining the Conservancy in Colorado in 2005, William worked in consulting and with the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development to advance large corporate sustainable development projects. He earned his MBA and MS in Environmental Policy at the University of Michigan and his BS in Wildlife Management and Biology at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Outside of work, William enjoys life in Colorado with his lovely wife and two delightful daughters.
Chris Pague is Senior Conservation Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy of Colorado with a focus on grasslands conservation and management. Chris brings 40 years of experience in the study of natural history, conservation planning, and conservation biology. He has a BS and MS degrees in Biology and Zoology and advanced training in ecosystem ecology and evolutionary biology. An expert in conservation planning, he has conducted trainings and planning efforts in Mongolia, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela, China, Italy, and Switzerland. Foci for the past 15 years have largely been on global, regional and landscape conservation planning, planning and strategies for conservation of Colorado’s eastern plains, global grasslands, and measures of success.
Kathy Harris has been involved in Holistic Management since the late 1990s and has experienced first-hand the life-changing impact of making decisions based on a holistic goal. Her love of the land and enthusiasm for nutrient dense, traditional foods pulled her from suburban life and a previous career in technology to begin a small farm to grow nutritious food and home-schooling her two daughters. Her 15 years of farming includes cow and goat dairy, meat and egg poultry, honeybees, fruit, nut, and vegetables as well as managing a 250-acre ranch in Texas to develop infrastructure and enterprises for grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured poultry and native pecans. She is passionate about health and helping others achieve better lives through the practice of Holistic Management. For the past 6 years she has worked closely with both small and large-scale producers to effectively implement Holistic Management for improved lives, landscapes, and livelihoods. She graduated magna cum laude from North Texas University, became an HMI Professional Certified Educator in 2015, and a Bernalillo County Master Composter in 2016.
Kirk Gadzia is a Professional Certified Educator with Holistic Management International® (HMI) and has over 25 years 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 helps 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.
Christine Su, CEO and Co-Founder of PastureMap
Christine is the CEO and co-founder of PastureMap, a technology company helping ranchers increase profits on healthy grasslands. Christine has worked on farms and ranches on 4 continents. Christine has 3 degrees from Stanford, including an MS in Land Use and Agriculture and an MBA. Prior to founding PastureMap, she worked at McKinsey and at KKR Capstone, where she was an operations executive building performance improvement software for companies from $500 million to $2 billion in revenue size. Christine believes that human knowledge and creativity on the land is the key to regenerating landscapes and building vibrant and just food systems.
Erin Kiley, Rancher Success and Grazing Planning for PastureMap
Erin Kiley works in rancher success and grazing planning for PastureMap to build rancher relationships and improve planned grazing. She started ranching in North Carolina in 2010, where she holistically managed a grassfed beef farm for four years while she earned her M.S. in Grassland Management. Erin moved west where she spent a season working for Grasslands LLC on a 53,000 acre ranch in Cohagen, Montana and a second season on a grass fed/finished beef ranch in Big Timber, Montana. She continued her westward migration to Washington State where she managed a grass fed/finished beef ranch and worked in native prairie restoration through Holistic Planned Grazing. Since 2016, she has worked as Holistic Planning & Livestock Manager for Farmland LP in California and Oregon focusing on adaptive management of grazing systems and ecological monitoring.
Louis Martin, CEO and General Manager of Round River Resource Management
Louis currently serves as the CEO and general manager for Round River Resource Management 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 HMI Certified Educators, is an alumni of Ranching for Profit and currently continues his education as an Executive Link board member and participates in numerous education opportunities annually.
Registration Fee: $50/person for 2 days or $30/person/day – includes lunch
Advanced Registration Deadline: June 23, 2018
Walk-In Registration: $40/person/day
Space is limited and 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
This is a rain or shine event. We will be spending parts of the workshop out on the land, and boots or other enclosed protective footwear are recommended. Please bring your own water bottle.
Location, Directions, and Lodging
JE Canyon Ranch, the iconic 50,000-acre grass-fed cattle operation in Southern Colorado, showcases The Nature Conservancy’s work where land management practices such as Holistic Management benefit ecological and economic sustainability. Cattle, wildlife such as elk and bighorn sheep and hundreds of types of flora and fauna thrive among the amazing grasslands and rich cultural remnants of the Old West.
Cattle ranching has been an integral part of the ranch beginning with the earliest settlers to the present. JE Canyon utilizes temporary fencing, planned grazing, bio-monitoring, mapping, controlled fires, water management and more to address the many challenges facing American ranches today.
Directions: From US 160, turn north onto County Road 147 for about 7 miles. Turn right at County Road 38 and continue another 3.6 miles. Then, the road turns slightly left and becomes County Road 153. Continue another 5.5 miles before arriving at the Ranch House.
Lodging: A room block has been reserved at La Quinta Inn & Suites – Trinidad. Reservations must be made by June 18th. Mention “Holistic Management International” to receive the discounted rate of $129 per night (hot breakfast included). Click here for other options in the area. We’re sorry, camping is not available for this event.
Thank you to our generous funders of this program:
Martha Records and Rich Rainaldi
This unique workshop is brought to you by a collaboration between:
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