August 22-23, 2020
El Sueño Ranch – Clines Corners, New Mexico
This two-day workshop will be filled with interactive, hand-on sessions which include the basic principles of Low-Stress Livestock Handling and an introduction to Holistic Planned Grazing principles and practices. Register soon because space is limited so everyone has an opportunity to practice their skills hands-on! Benefits include: improved weight gains, lower vet bills, reduced labor costs, reduced predation, reduced injuries and stress to animals, and an ability to move animals more efficiently.
- Developing working relationships with your livestock
- Holistic Grazing Planning and how to use low–stress livestock handling to improve land health
- Basic principles of Low-Stress livestock handling
- Touch on sorting techniques for alleys and pens
- Techniques for handling calves, and for moving and gathering cow/calf pairs
- Touch on how-tos for successful health checks, pen riding, and working singles
- Touch on using low–stress principles for processing & shipping
Advanced registration is $400 per person. Online registration closes August 19, 2020. Walk in registration is $425 per person, if available.
Register soon, as we have limited space available.
Full & partial scholarships are available! For more information visit our scholarships page.
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. You will be spending a lot of time on the land. Please bring appropriate clothing, footwear and a water bottle. For biosecurity reasons please do not bring any dogs.
Guy Glosson, Holistic Management Certified Educator
Guy Glosson has been repeatedly recognized for outstanding land stewardship and livestock handling has over 30 years of experience in ranch management, low-stress livestock handling and consulting to farmers and ranchers. Down to earth, with an engaging style, Guy has coached hundreds of people in his successful management methods. Under his holistic approach to land stewardship, he has enhanced the fertility and profitability of the ranch where he has been a manager for the past 26 years. In 2011, he was recognized for his success with the award for Outstanding Leadership in Ranching from the Quivira Coalition, an organization dedicated to bringing together ranchers, environmentalists, scientists and public land stewards in the American West. Mesquite Grove Ranch ranch, under Guy’s management, received the prestigious Lone Star Land Steward Award from Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Check out Guy working in Africa at this link: https://vimeo.com/132003498 As one of the early Holistic Managers, he has implemented planned grazing to increase the biological health and productivity of the Mesquite Grove Ranch in TX. Guy attributes much of this success to excellent stockmanship. Many of Guy’s students have gone on to support the claims that good stockmanship is fundamental to land and animal health. Come to El Sueño Ranch for a unique opportunity to meet and work with one of the all-time great stockmen, Guy Glosson.
#1 – DO NOT go to Stanley! ( That was set by the County 911 administrators ! )
From Albuquerque – Travel East on IH 40 , Exit onto Hwy 285 at Clines Corners
Turn North, travel on Hwy 285 ~ 14 miles to main gate between mile mark 262 and 263, El Sueno Ranch sign on the East side of road. (Windmill near the road)
From Santa Fe – Travel East on IH 25, Exit onto Hwy 285,
Turn South and travel on Hwy 285 about 27 miles to main gate between mile mark 263 and 262, El Sueno Ranch sign on the East side of road. (Windmill near the road)
At Ranch Gate – Proceed on gravel road ( 20 mph) 2.25 miles to headquarters
About the Ranch:
El Sueño Ranch – (The “dream” in Spanish )
Always dreaming about owning a ranch in the West – with it’s wide open spaces and limitless vistas, Albert was finally able to figure out a way to acquire one. After researching and looking at many ranches in New Mexico all of them seemed to have issues –some beat up, some access concerns to, or across the land–but this one….was it ! He knew the minute he got on it! Wide open, rolling, 100% usable, mountain views, good quality water, decent turf, not too brushy, (considering having undergone a 5 year drought and decades of conventional year around grazing). This one was a blank canvas – not a whole lot to fix, so no rush, but a whole lot to implement and improve if you have the desire!
Albert flew out at a moment’s notice to meet the realtor, saw the ranch, submitted an offer at the airport, all in a 6 hour window, and was notified by the time he was landing back home that he had a deal. He found El Sueño Ranch on his 58th birthday in 2014.
The ranch is about 10,000 acres, carved off of Joe Russel’s – “Buck Harvey – White Lakes Ranch” and was pretty much unimproved but in decent condition, allowing for some creativity to be applied to try and accomplish range improvement through implementing a rotational grazing strategy and improvements, consisting of ~ 18 miles of solar powered electric cross fencing – creating 16 pastures along topo and vegetative variances, and laying ~12 miles of buried water lines, incorporating 7 central water lots and additional troughs, all supplied by solar powered pumps and wells.
Their focus is enabling range improvement which will allow for enhanced livestock production (while they act as your tool) and improved wildlife habitat, pursuing a plan that enables a low stress operation allowing one to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor!
El Sueño Ranch Timeline:
2015 Naming the ranch! Albert and his wife, Diana, came to Santa Fe for New Years, drove out to change the locks and there was a dusting of snow. Diana found a dried sunflower stalk and wrote in the snow “El Sueño”. That was it, the perfect name.
First year activities entailed evaluating what they got and attacking some erosions concerns.
2016 – Albert learned about the grass and the soils, hired Chuck Kutcha, started Headquarters build out, consulted with Kirk Gadzia on productivity possibilities, fencing layout respecting topo and vegetation breaks, drew up maps with fencing and water distribution, and found contractors to start the build out
2017 Implemented the plan, tried their first go round with pasturing cattle ( ~120 pair) to help out a friend, … yikes – stayed dry and fencing was not quite finished to exclude or rotate cattle…this hurt some areas.
2018 – another dry year, had another round of pastured cattle, ( 140 pair) with understanding, “if dry – they gotta go”….. and they did. He did notice a big drop in grasshoppers from hoof action, range conditions appeared to respond well to having been grazed and some soil disturbance .
2019 – – thru June….Pasturing cattle again, ( 150 pair) same agreement, cool season grasses did gang busters due to good winter moisture (this they saw on many properties… ) lots of grass hoppers, –though lots fewer in pasture where cattle are grazing….
Albert says the Ranch is “DEFINITELY a work in progress”, and he’d like to learn from others, through attending ranch tours, attending informative meetings of groups like HMI, Quiviria Coalition, and other like minded associations and universities following their research and articles, visiting with area NRCS / SCS offices, etc. He says “he will continue to make some mistakes, but he hopes to recognize them and correct them early”.
Albert says that, “After being able to be “on the ground” with Sid & Cheryl Goodloe’s – Carrizo Valley Ranch, Tom & Mimi Sidwell’s – JX Ranch and on the Ranney Ranch with manager Melvin Johnson, to see the significant improvement their rangeland reflects compared to their neighboring area lands, and listening and understanding the likes of Allan Savory, Dr Richard Teague and guidance from Kirk Gadzia, he remains hopeful that El Sueño too can show noticeable improvements over the next 10 years, and we will enjoy sharing their story – both their successes and disappointments, so that others too will accept the challenge to help and improve the land, to be as healthy and resilient as its potential allows.”
Would you like to sponsor this workshop?
Please take a look at our Sponsorship flyer and contact Carrie Stearns at [email protected] for details.