Managing for Profit, Nature, and Drought Resilience
Date: June 15 & 16, 2022
Time: 8:30AM – 4:00PM MST
Online Registration Deadline: June 10, 2022
Cost: $300 (includes lunch!) Walk-in price will be $350. (full & partial scholarships available)
Location: JX Ranch, Tucumcari , NM
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.
Join us at the award winning JX Ranch in Tucumcari, NM and participate in a two-day, hands-on workshop. Tour the JX Ranch and discuss how Holistic Management has helped Owners/Operators Tom & Mimi Sidwell reach their goal of increasing the capacity of their ranch in all aspects: forage production, water infiltration, biodiversity and profitability.
You’ll leave with information that will help you make decisions for reduced risk and takeaway actions to implement on your own ranch or farm. This field day is for anyone who wants to learn more about livestock management and how it can improve your land and profitability.
- Identifying, managing, and monitoring key indicators – ecosystem, livestock production, soil, and more
- Financial considerations and decisions for healthy profits
- The importance of ecosystem health and the benefits of creating pollinator & bird habitat
- Examination of risk, stress, and quality of life in production decisions
- Establishing the priorities – a case for low-cost, low-risk ranching
- Determining optimal plant recovery times for your land
- Financial considerations and decisions for healthy profits
- Your questions answered by experienced grazing experts in brittle environments
- Takeaway actions for you to implement on your ranch
Holistic Management works with nature, not against it. We will discuss planet and animal-friendly management techniques that lead to richer soil, improved water containment, nutrient-dense food, financial successful farms and ranches, and thriving communities.
$300, includes learning materials & lunch both days
Walk in registration is $350 per person, if available. Register soon, as we have limited space available.
Financial Assistance Available! (If you are in need of financial assistance please apply for a scholarship below.)
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.
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About JX Ranch
6237 Highway 209, Tucumcari , NM 88401
Tom and Mimi are a husband and wife team, working side by side on their ranch south of Tucumcari, New Mexico, where they raise all-natural beef on their native pastures using regenerative, holistic range management methods. They are not a large company, but a family ranch wanting to share their good beef with the community!
Tom and Mimi say the roughly 7,000-acre ranch is a part of who they are. They love to see the land improve over the years with hard work and utilizing the cattle to restore the range. They feel very privileged to be able to make a living here and strive to improve the land to its highest potential .
To achieve their goal, they manage the ranch holistically. Since they bought and moved on to this ranch in 2004, they have been working hard to strengthen the ecological condition of the ranch, restoring the watersheds and removing infestation of invasive species.
Learn more in this case study written by Dr. Ann Adams, Education Director at HMI
June 15, 2022
|8:00 AM||Registration – Wayne Knight & Marie von Ancken, HMI|
|8:30 AM||Welcome & Introductions – Wayne Knight|
|8:45 AM||History of JX Ranch – Tom & Mimi Sidwell|
|9:30 AM||Overview of Holistic Management – Wayne Knight|
|10:20 AM||Animal Performance – Wayne Knight & Tom Sidwell|
|11:00 AM||Forage Assessment – Wayne Knight|
|1:00 PM||JX Ranch Tour & Hands-On Activities – Tom & Mimi Sidwell, Wayne Knight|
|3:00 PM||Beneficial Pollinators Presentation|
June 16, 2022
|8:00 AM||Check In – Wayne Knight & Marie von Ancken, HMI|
|8:30 AM||Welcome & Review of Take Aways from Previous Day – Marie von Ancken & Wayne Knight|
|9:00 AM||Bird Habitat as an Indicator of Ecosystem Health – Amy Erikson & Tuda Libby Crews|
|10:10 AM||Stock Density Trial & Overview – Wayne Knight|
|1:15 PM||Drought Resilience – Tom Sidwell & Wayne Knight|
|1:40 PM||Revisit Trial Area & Discuss – Wayne Knight & Tom Sidwell|
|3:00 PM||Tying it All Together – Wayne Knight, Tom Sidwell|
Tom Sidwell, JX Ranch, Owner/Operator
Tom was born and raised in south central New Mexico. His father was an old-time cowboy who worked on several large cattle outfits in Lincoln and Otero Counties. His family came to New Mexico in a covered wagon from Texas in the early 1890’s, and homesteaded in the foothills of the Capitan Mountains.
Tom served in the United States Army for two years. When he came back he graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Range Management. For many years, Tom managed several large ranches both in Southwest Texas and in South Central New Mexico.
In 1980 he was introduced to Allan Savory’s Holistic Resource Management principles, an intensive grazing and planning process, which he successfully implemented on these ranches. He is also the owner and Qualified Broker of Sidwell Farm and Ranch Realty, LLC, selling New Mexico farms ranches and other rural properties throughout the State. He is often a speaker on grazing and drought management at events across the State. Tom does range monitoring and grazing planning for the ranch, and when he finds time, he runs the bulldozer grubbing mesquite and juniper.
Mimi Sidwell, JX Ranch, Owner/Operator
Mimi was born in Sweden where she grew up on horseback, dreaming of being a cowboy and riding the wide open spaces of the West. She never outgrew her dream, and went on week-long camping rides in Arizona’s Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly.
In 1988 she was offered a position in Boston, MA. This was the opportunity she had waited for that would take her across the ocean permanently. It was not long before she found herself living on a ranch in New Mexico learning everything from fixing windmills, fences and pipelines, to caring for and working cattle, while also day-working on other ranches. She attended cattle and ranch related seminars, joined cattle organizations, took classes (e.g. Ranching for Profit School) and went to meetings, but it was the hands-on experience that taught her the most. Mimi is now living her dream, getting her hands dirty and working hard alongside Tom. She handles the grass-fed beef operation and also takes in travelers who stay in their bunkhouse b&b for the night.
Wayne Knight, Interim Executive Director & 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 a 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.
Tuda Libby Crews, Owner/Operator, Ute Cattle Company & Recipient of the 2021 Aldo Leopold Conservation Award
Tuda owns and operates the Ute Creek Cattle Company. Her family has managed the land for more than 200 years and she is proud of her family’s heritage tied to this ranch. A Spanish word best describes Tuda’s love of the land “Querencia” means an intangible fondness and deep connection to something loved and cherished.
Tuda’s dream of having a wild bird sanctuary became a reality after her 60th Birthday when family and friends donated towards a group gift. Delighted by the generous amount, Crews exclaimed….”I didn’t know I had that many friends.”
And the circle of friends grew as Crews was introduced to Tish McDaniel of TNC, and Nancy Riley, Nancy Baczek and Maureen Murphy with U.S. Fish and Wildlife New Mexico “Partners” Program. The $2,500 birthday gift became the cost share invested in an innovative “Partners” project. With collaboration from the NRCS and the National Wild Turkey Federation, 23 acres of short grass prairie north of the Bueyeros ranch house was designated as an official Wild Bird Sanctuary.
The TLC Wild Bird Sanctuary is fenced and has its own well to water native trees along the perimeter area, a grape arbor, berry bushes and a wildlife water guzzler. A mowed walking path is maintained with contemplative seating areas scattered about. Tuda is passionate about birds being an important indicator of the health of her land.
Amy Erickson, Avian Biologist, Audubon Southwest
Amy Erickson spent her childhood playing in the prairies and wooded streams of southeast Kansas, where her parents fostered in her a great appreciation of the natural world. Her love of wildlife led her to Kansas State University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and a Master’s degree in Avian Ecology. Amy is the Avian Biologist for Audubon Southwest, where she works with private landowners to create better bird habitat on working lands. Amy is particularly interested in understanding how birds interact with their environment, and how making small changes to land management practices can have a positive impact on wildlife.