October 10 & 11, 2019
Betty and Clint Josey Pavilion at Leo Ranch
5190 Co Rd 398, Decatur, TX 76234
This two-day workshop will be filled with interactive sessions led by experienced graziers and educators. It is designed for those who already have some experience with holistic planned grazing and want to be inspired and prepared to take their management to a higher level.
Remember when you first began practicing managed grazing and you saw some exciting improvements in your land and livestock? Have you now reached a plateau?
What To Expect
This workshop will help address how to:
- Work less (more effectively) and have more time
- Improve soil health
- Increase your profit potential
Come prepared to share your current practices – both successes and challenges – and together we’ll explore how we can take it to the next level. Hear ideas, information and challenges to help you look at things differently.
It is said that:
Beginning graziers focus on grass for tomorrow,
Intermediate graziers focus on grass for next month, and
Advanced graziers focus on grass for next year
This workshop will help you think in terms of next year’s grass.
Come ready to:
- Explore the partnerships of plants with livestock above and livestock below (soil life)
- See how Leo Ranch has implemented water and fencing systems
- Better understand the benefits of diversity and how to manage for diversity
- Feast your eyes on regenerated native prairie and develop better forage assessment and land monitoring skills
- Learn about multi-species grazing and the benefits it brings
- Consider the financial implications of land and livestock management
- Work on refining your goals, and developing strategies and tactics to better meet your goals
Thursday, Oct 10, 2019
9:00 Introductions & Big Picture Overview: Grazing Planning Complexity
10:00 Exercise: Grazing priorities
10:45 Plants & How They Grow
11:15 Grazing Principles
1:00 Field Work: Forage Assessment, Plant ID, Soil Health Analysis
2:30 Soil Life – the Missing Link for Energy Flow
3:15 Grazing Animals -performance & animal husbandry
4:00 Birdwell-Clark Ranch Review
4:30 Wrap Up/Q&A
Friday, Oct 11, 2019
8:30 Review/Discussion: Results of overnight ruminations
9:00 Profit & Financial Considerations
9:45 Tools for Planning Your Grazing: Grazing Planning Exercise
11:00 Infrastructure for Grazing Management
1:00 Ranch tour: infrastructure
3:15 Grazing Planning exercise
4:00 Q&A, Wrap-up/Action Planning, Evaluations
Discussions during each section will focus on rancher needs and provide experience and expertise to address participants’ grazing planning challenges. For the best personal outcomes, please bring information of your operation, your challenges, and questions. More information on how to best prepare for the workshop will be sent after registration.
Due to generous funding by the Dixon Water Foundation, registration is only $100 for this 2-day workshop (includes lunch both days). Online registration closes October 4, 2019. Register soon, as we have limited space available.
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
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.
Dixon Water Foundation’s Leo Ranch
After evaluating the environmental and financial costs associated with plowing, spraying herbicides, and fertilizing for non-native grass monocultures, managers of the Leo Ranch began to explore the Holistic Management approach in the early 1980s. Now, nearly 40 years later, farm and dairy land has been acquired and brought under this management to create the present-day 4,100 acres of valley, woods, and rolling hill pastures that make up the Leo Ranch and its associated properties. Visit the outdoor classroom at the ranch’s Josey Pavilion, the first Living Building in Texas, to learn and witness how Holistic Management has begun to bring back diversity and richness of ecosystem processes in this area that had historically been heavily cultivated and grazed.
From IH-35 approximately 50 miles north of Dallas/Fort Worth, take exit #487 (Valley View) and go west on FM 922 for 11.5 miles (4.5 miles past Era). Turn left (south) on CR 398 (toward Leo) and drive 6 miles to the ranch entrance gate on the left (signs at gate will indicate Clint & Betty Josey Pavilion).
From Decatur take Hwy 51 north. turn left on 455 and right on Prairie Rd. 2937, Left on Leo Rd 379, left on 398 and look for the signs to Leo Ranch on your right.
Ben Bartlett, HMI Professional Certified Educator
Ben and wife Denise have operated a pasture-based sheep and cattle operation in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for almost 40 years. They use their 400 May lambing ewes and 150 stocker steers to finance their traveling habit now that they have retired from Michigan State University Extension and school librarian positions respectfully. The use of Holistic Management decision-making for over 20 years has empowered them to build the soil health of their farm, share their sustainable farming methods with local school children and most importantly, is enabling them to pass on to their three children and nine grandchildren both a philosophy and land they can be proud of.
Kirk Gadzia, HMI Professional Certified Educator, Founder of Resource Management Services, LLC
Kirk has over 20 years of experience teaching the concepts of Holistic Management® worldwide. Combined with his extensive international consulting work on many agricultural operations, he is uniquely qualified to help ranchers achieve their learning objectives. Kirk is co-author of the important National Academy of Sciences book: Rangeland Health. He holds a BS degree in Wildlife Biology and an MS in Range Science. Kirk works directly with producers to achieve profitability in their operations. He also provides customized training and consulting to a wide variety of conservation organizations. Kirk’s interactive, hands-on style approach comes from years of assisting people on the land. His courses are known for a relaxed atmosphere, open dialogue and practical real-life examples.
Presenters & Speakers
Deborah Clark, HMI Professional Certified Educator, Owner/operator Birdwell & Clark Ranch
Deborah and her husband Emry Birdwell run a stocker operation of 5,000–7,000 head on the 14,000-acre Birdwell & Clark Ranch in Clay County, Texas. The enterprise mix consists of 2,000 stocker cattle on leased wheat acres and one herd of approximately 5,000 head at the ranch using a high-density grazing management plan. They apply their grazing practices to consistently improve range conditions, soil health, and cattle productivity. As an HMI Certified Educator Deborah works to help others learn to manage their resources in a way that keeps the business, land, family, and community healthy.
Lisa Bellows, Ph.D., North Central Texas College Chair of the Division of Science & Agriculture, and HMI Certified Educator
Lisa Bellows, Ph.D. is a professor at North Central Texas College and serves as Chair of the Division of Science and Agriculture. At NCTC, Bellows also heads the Josey Institute of Agroecology. Within the Josey Institute, Bellows collaborates with the Dixon Water Foundation and other organizations to conduct research and education pertaining to sustainable and regenerative agriculture. In addition to her role at NCTC, Dr. Bellows is actively involved in family farming and is the director of Thomsen Foundation’s 740 acres of land dedicated to research and education of native habitat within the Cross Timbers Region of Texas. She is also an HMI Certified Educator.
Casey Wade, Dixon Water Foundation President of Ranching Operations
Casey Wade is the President of Ranching Operations with the Dixon Water Foundation. He is a husband and father of three young sons. Casey has a love of the land and has enjoyed caring for wildlife and livestock for many years. He is a graduate of Hardin Simmons University. Casey has spent most of his career managing hunting and wildlife operations as well as livestock ranches. While working with a wildlife management consulting firm, after a two year stay in Kenya, Africa, Casey was introduced to holistic land management. He was drawn to the idea of using livestock to improve degraded landscapes. At that point Casey began searching out further education and eventually a career in regenerative land management through ranching.
In 2010 Casey began working for the Dixon Water Foundation in Marfa, Texas as the Mimms Ranch Manager. As of 2014 Casey was now manages both the North Texas ranches as well as the West Texas ranches. Casey feels strongly that plains ecosystems were designed to function in a sustainable and regenerative way. He believes it is our job to carefully study the land and wildlife, in order to work with, rather than against, these systems. In this way, people and livestock can be part of the solution instead of contributing to the problem.
Robby Tuggle, Rancher
Robby Tuggle is a long-time rancher. He grew up near the Dixon Water Foundation’s Leo and Pittman units and has worked these ranches for decades. An early student and adopter of holistic management, Mr. Tuggle was instrumental in steering the Dixon Water Foundation’s properties towards those practices. He has remained an active figure in the daily operations of the Foundation’s North Texas ranches and is key in their sustained health and productivity.
Thank you to our Funder for this workshop.
Would you like to sponsor this workshop? Please take a look at our Sponsorship flyer and contact Carrie Stearns at [email protected] for details.