Investing in Profitable Ranch Infrastructure
July 21, 2017
Monte Prieto Ranch
Claunch, New Mexico
Do you want to learn how we can heal our land and communities with a healthier food system?
Are you a rancher interested in raising grass-fed beef or healthier wildlife populations?
Would you like to know about innovative management that preserves the ranching lifestyle for future generations?
Our Monte Prieto Ranch Day is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers.
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, more successful farms and ranches, and thriving communities.
Come and be a part of this on-the-ground learning day, connect with others who care about a healthy food system and help strengthen your local communities. Because we all have a stake in the way our food is grown.
What to Expect
At the Open Gate: Monte Prieto Ranch Day, you will…
- Hear how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of regenerative agriculture.
- Learn how to get connected with payment programs and loans for your farm from the Farm Service Agency
- Learn about microloans and other financial programs from the Farm Service Agency (FSA)
- Meet Molly Baldrige and the Monte Prieto Ranch management team and learn how they are developing the ranch to be more profitable, more productive and to meet their quality of life goals.
- Hear from the next generation of young ranch managers.
- Learn about NRCS programs available to you.
- Discuss key soil health indicators, how to read the land and record monitoring results.
- Explore and identify key plants that help produce results and advance you toward your goals.
- Connect with folks from your area.
- Learn about grass-fed meat production and marketing.
- Discover how Holistic Management Planned Grazing improves the soil and moves plant succession in the right direction.
- Practice effective land management techniques to improve rangeland productivity, water-holding capacity, improved soil health and increased stocking rate.
- Share information with and learn from other experienced producers.
Advanced registration is $25 per person (includes lunch). You can register for the Monte Prieto Ranch day by clicking on the button to the right. On-line registration closes July 17, 2017. Walk-in registration is $35 per person, if available. Register soon, as we have limited space available. Sorry, 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:
5941 Jefferson St. NE, Ste B
Albuquerque, NM 87109
This is a rain or shine event. We will be spending two hours in the afternoon out on the land, and boots or other enclosed protective footwear, as well as long pants, are recommended. Please bring your own water bottle.
|Friday||July 21, 2017|
|9:00 am||Registration and Check In|
|9:30 am||Introductions & HMI Overview - A. Adams|
|9:35 am||The Story of Monte Prieto Ranch - M. Baldrige & D. Phillips Jr.|
|9:50 am||Ranchlands: helping you manage your land for the triple bottom line, Training the next generation of sustainable ranchers - D. Phillips Jr.|
|10:20 am||Introduction to Holistic Grazing & Biological Monitoring, Grazing Planning Process - K. Gadzia, A. Wright-Baefsky & N. Baefsky|
|11:20 am||SWGLA overview & Benefits of Grassfed Beef Production - N. Ranney & S. Ryerson|
|11:45 am||FSA Opportunities - C. Chacon & J. Sanchez|
|Noon||Lunch (meet 1-1 with FSA officer)|
|1:00 pm||Ranch tour, grazing plan overview, opportunities & limitations - K. Gadzia, D. Phillips Jr., A. Wright-Baefsky & N. Baefsky NRCS Programs overview, EQIP - K. Lujan|
|2:15 pm||Forage Assessment & Biological Monitoring - K. Gadzia|
|3:15 pm||Closing Panel, Q & A, Evaluations - A. Adams|
The Monte Prieto Ranch has been owned for over 50 years by an absentee owner family, now in their second generation. In 2015, having met Kirk Gadzia and Duke Phillips at a SWGLA (Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance) Whole Ranch Planning class, the family contracted with Ranchlands, Inc. to manage the ranch. Both parties agreed to maintain the Monte Prieto as a working cattle operation, make necessary infrastructure improvements, and introduce intensive grazing and land stewardship techniques to improve the health of the ecosystem on the ranch.
The ranch is a combination of rough deeded and state lease land, with some difficult access, and with no surface water other than dirt tanks to catch what little rain there is. The carrying capacity has been 70 to 100 acres per animal unit, and wells average 600 feet in depth. Ranchland’s first job has been to make some needed fence and water repairs, and now they are designing water systems that can handle a more intensive grazing operation.
The goals of the ranching operation include:
- improving land health, diversity and stability of the soil and vegetation;
- improving and retaining the beauty and integrity of the facilities and living spaces at the ranch;
- increasing the productive capability of the ranch for livestock and wildlife; and
- creating a sustainable profit from operations.
“Monte Prieto” means dark, or brushy, mountain in Spanish.
Take I-40 E for 35 miles to Moriarty
Turn right onto NM-41 S/5th Street
Continue to follow NM-41 S for 26.9 miles
Turn right onto US-60 W for 8.9 miles
Turn left onto Co Rd B027 for 1 mile
Continue onto County Rd B 027 for 1.1 miles
Take a slight left onto NM-55 S for 21.6 miles
(do not turn left to continue onto NM-55, continue straight onto WSMR P Rte 41 south towards Gran Quivira for 12 miles)
Turn right onto Monte Prieto Rd
The Ranch entrance will be on the left.
Molly Baldrige is the younger daughter of Mac Baldrige, who bought the Monte Prieto Ranch with a number of partners in the early 1960s. From then on, Mac, his wife Midge, and daughters Megan and Molly, headed to the ranch from the east coast for a few weeks each summer. Molly developed the same affinity and love for the ranch and for New Mexico that her dad did. After visiting the Monte Prieto Ranch every summer since she was 8 years old, Molly spent a full year, after college, armed with a BA in history, working as a cow hand for then foreman and excellent cowman, Duncan Major. After that year of glorious, romantic ranch work (fence-fixing, ice-breaking and oil-changing), Molly was hooked and decided to make a career in the business side of agriculture. She began her career in agricultural mortgage lending in 1978. After making field loans for insurance companies through Western Farm Management in California, Colorado and Wyoming, she worked as Assistant to the Administrator of the USDA’s Farmers Home Administration in Washington, DC. After getting an MBA, Molly worked for Prudential’s agricultural real estate division in Newark, developing large scale financing for agribusiness projects and designing diversified agricultural investment funds for institutional and retail investors. Finally, a job with US Agricredit, Inc., in the new secondary agricultural mortgage market, took her back to Colorado, where she stayed. During a hiatus to raise her three children, Molly worked part-time as business manager for various local start-ups, including Oskar Blues Brewery (the first micro-brewery to use cans). She has served on various school and youth boards. Living in Hygiene, CO with her partner Erik Waage, she is currently the treasurer of the board of the Hygiene Fire Protection District and the president of the board of Willow Farm, a CO contemplative end of life center. She has managed the Monte Prieto Ranch for the Baldrige family since Mac died in 1987. At a SWGLA workshop taught by Kirk Gadzia, Molly met Duke Phillips of Ranchlands, Inc. In 2015, they decided to work together to make the Monte Prieto Ranch the most productive working cattle operation it could be, while carefully stewarding the land so that many future generations could also benefit and learn from this stark, tough, beautiful ranch.
Ann Adams, Executive Director, Holistic Management International
Ann has worked in the nonprofit world for almost 20 years, creating and directing national programs, collaborating with over 100 non-profit and government entities to create positive impact among producers and land stewards seeking to build & maintain sustainable farms, ranches and healthy land. Her fund development work has included raising over $1 million for national whole farm planning training for beginning farmer programming.Ann has been a Holistic Management Certified Educator since 1998 and has practiced and taught Holistic Management® in multiple capacities for 20 years. She also has facilitated classes (onsite and distance learning), taught workshops and presented at conferences. She has written countless articles, helped develop agriculture-based software for financial and grazing planning, and written a training handbook, At Home with Holistic Management: Creating a Life of Meaning.Ann also taught courses at Indiana University, Wittenberg University, and Antioch College. She earned her BSED from Ohio University and her PhD from Indiana University.
Kirk Gadzia, Holistic Management International 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.
Duke Phillips, Jr., Operating Officer, Ranchlands, Inc.
The thing that Duke values the most is the community and people on each ranch. Ranchlands works with a lot of young people and being a part of their growth, personally and professionally is an amazing experience. He loves sharing his knowledge, learning something new, or just bouncing ideas off of everybody on the team. The Ranchlands crew is very effective and knows hard work but there is always fun to be had along the way.
Nancy Ranney, SWGLA President, Ranney Ranch Owner
Sam Ryerson, Triangle P Cattle Company, Mescalero Apache Reservation, SWGLA Vice President
Nick Baefsky and Amy Wright-Baefsky, Grazing Managers, Monte Prieto Ranch
Amy & Nick have been learning about Holistic Management for the past several years. They met in 2011 in the San Luis Valley of Colorado working on different ranches, and both spent time at the Chico Basin Ranch working for Duke Phillips. Now they manage cattle at Monte Prieto Ranch.
Clover Chacon, UDSA Farm Service Agency Program Technician
Clover has been with the Farm Service agency for 11 years. She helps farmers and ranchers register their farms and ranch tracts to gain eligibility for various USDA programs. Works closely with NRCS to establish customer eligibility within their conservation programs. She administers the NAP program which is a Native Grass insurance that assists ranchers during eligible drought declarations.
Joshua Sanchez, USDA Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Officer
Josh has been administering Farm and Ranch Loans for the Agency for over 13 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, as well as a Masters of Agriculture both from New Mexico State University. His objectives have always been providing great customer service while administering supervised credit through risk mitigation. Through Agency Loan programs he has provided new and existing clients with sound financial management with an emphasis on an operations available assets, capital, and revenue potential.
Thank you to the generous support of our Sponsors for helping to make this day possible:
Thank You to our Collaborators
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