Holistic Management of Sheep, Goats and Cattle
Dry Creek Livestock Day is a collaboration between HMI and Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) as part of TOFGA’s pre-conference workshop series and 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.
Whether you are an agricultural producer or just interested in sheep, goats or grass-fed cattle and/or healthy food, this is a day for you.
This is a rain or shine event. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.
If you attend the conference, be sure to visit the HMI Booth and say Hello.
What to Expect
At the Open Gate: Dry Creek Livestock Day you will…
- Learn to select sheep, goats and cattle to produce healthy food with minimal inputs
- Discuss how to monitor herd/flock health to help you move in your desired direction
- Discover how to strategically de-worm sheep and goats using FAMACHA testing and fecal samples
- Explore the connections between soil health, animal health and human nutrition
- Hear how Holistic Management enables producers to help manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of sustainable agriculture
- Practice decision-making on issues that arise in herd health
- Have a chance to ask Holistic Management producers and veterinarians about herd/flock concerns
- Join large and small discussions about managing herd/flock for healthier foods and a sustainable future
- Connect with other farmers and ranchers in the area
- Enjoy a complimentary and delicious box lunch from a local business using locally-sourced produce
|Thursday||February 11, 2016|
|8:30 am||Registration at the Rockwall Equine Center / Poetry Animal Hospital, Meet and Greet|
|9:00 am||Welcome and Logistics – L. Celella & J. Buratti|
|9:10 am||Introduction to HMI and Presenters – P. Cole|
|9:15 am||Overview of Holistic Management and Decision Testing - L. Celella & C.D. Pounds|
|10:00 am||How to Strategically De-worm Sheep & Goats, Experiential Exercise – Dr. K. Stemme|
|11:00 am||Introducing the Dorper Breed of Sheep – Why and What to Look For – L. Celella|
|Noon||Delicious, Local Box Lunch Made with Locally-Sourced Produce|
|1:00 pm||Using Your Resources – How Can NRCS Help? – M. Purviance|
|1:20 pm||Testing Decisions – Root Cause, Input Analysis – L. Celella & C.D. Pounds|
|1:30 pm||Travel to Pastures at Dry Creek Livestock|
|1:45 pm||Dorper Sheep Selection – L. Celella|
|2:45 pm||Devon Cattle Selection for Grass Finishing – Dr. D. Celella|
|3:45 pm||Small Group Discussions on Topics of the Day – L. Celella|
|4:00 pm||Summary and Evaluations, Adjourn – L. Celella|
Dry Creek Livestock is owned and operated by Lauri and Dr. David Celella, DVM. It began in 2008 with the purchase of 2 bred Devon cows on an overgrazed 50-acre tract of land. In 2011 they purchased 4 Dorper sheep for 4-H projects. In 2013, Lauri entered the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program and the following year began her quest to become a Holistic Management Certified Educator.
In the beginning, the Celellas would have to feed up to 15 rolls of hay to less than 10 cows. After 5 years of planned grazing, the soil is greatly improved. Today they do not feed any hay and have maintained a flock of 60-90 Dorper sheep and 11 Devon cows. They credit HMI with giving them knowledge and a tool box to deal with the extreme East Texas weather, which has included 3 floods and a 100+ days of no rain in 2015.
The Celellas are committed to helping people learn to manage their animals for vibrant health. Some of this information exchange will happen at the comfortable facilities of their Rockwall Equine Center and Poetry Animal Hospital at our Dry Creek Livestock Day.
Directions from the conference hotel:
We will meet at 8:30am at the Rockwall Equine Center and Poetry Animal Hospital, 9385 CR 2432, Terrell, TX 75160.
From the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront, 2055 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, TX 75032:
- Head northeast on E Interstate 30 (Away from the lake). Drive 2.19 miles.
- Turn right onto TX- Hwy 205 / S Goliad St. Drive 0.14 miles.
- Take the 1st left onto TX-276. If you reach E Ralph Hall Pkwy you’ve gone about 0.1 miles too far. Drive 11.85 miles.
- Turn right onto FM 1565. Exxon Tiger Mart is on the corner (flashing yellow light). Drive 2.73 miles.
- Turn right onto County Road 2432, 1st road to the right. If you reach Holly Creek Rd. you’ve gone about 0.2 miles too far. Drive 0.8 miles
- At 0.8 miles on right. Sign says Rockwall Equine Center on gate at bottom of hill.
Allow about 25 minutes (17.2 mi) to drive.
Lauri Celella graduated in HMI’s 2013 class of Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, Women in Texas. Along with her husband, veterinarian David Celella, she runs Dry Creek Livestock with her Dorper sheep and Devon cattle near Terrell, Texas.
Dr. Celella earned his DVM from Texas A&M in 1089. He opened Rockwall Equine Center in 1992 and was recognized as the TVMA Equine Practitioner of the Year in 1999. He recently added a small animal pet practice as Poetry Animal Hospital in the same location. He is a member of the AAEP and past President of the Appaloosa Cutting Horse Association. Dave is also an accomplished western artist and sculptor.
Dr. Kraig Stemme, DVM grew up on the family farm with cattle and pigs, so his initial exposure to goats was rather limited. For the last 20+ years his family has lived in Texas and he’s become much more aware of the impact that goat production has on the state’s livestock economy. After considerable research, he and his wife Suzanne decided to produce high quality Kiko breeding stock. They have been impressed with the strong maternal instincts, fertility and lack of delivery problems with their Kikos. Despite very severe drought conditions in their part of the country during the past two years, the Kikos have grown quickly and have not had parasite problems. The Stemmes are carefully breeding for the best genetics and are committed to testing their Kikos to confirm their decisions. Lake Fork Kikos is located in Alba, TX.
A graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Stemme spent 12 years in private clinical veterinary practices in Arizona, Missouri and Kentucky prior to working in the animal-health industry. He is a member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. Dr. Stemme is certified in FAMACHA training and will be presenting a hands-on training in that health monitoring technique at this Open Gate. The FAMACHA© system was developed in South Africa to estimate the level of anemia in sheep and goats associated with barber pole worm (Haemonchus contortus) infection and use that information to make de-worming decisions.
Monica Purviance: NRCS District Conservationist, Greenville Field Office
Monica Purviance is the District Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Greenville, Texas. She has worked in Hunt County since 1994 and has been the District Conservationist in Greenville since 2006. Monica graduated from Tarleton State University in 1993 with a degree in General Agriculture. She lives in Cooper, Texas with her husband Jesse and their daughter Rilee.
C.D. Pounds, also a former participant in our Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Training Program, grew up on a ranch in Cheyenne, Wyoming and moved to Texas in 1980 where she worked as a stockbroker in Amarillo and Dallas. She purchased 80 acres in East Texas and built Triple Cross Farms, which is a working farm/retreat. Her world was revolutionized when she became involved with HMI and she was inspired to utilize Holistic Grazing Planning to improve soil, decrease dependence on water, grow more grass and improve profits. Since completing Holistic Management training, C.D.’s plan is to build a sustainable farm and she is now transitioning to raise grassfed beef with an organic garden for her guests to experience. Additionally, she is now in training to become a Holistic Management Certified Educator.
James Buratti: TOFGA
James has been a volunteer with TOFGA since 2009, assisting with their technology needs and TCOOPS. When not being a tech nerd for the City of Pflugerville,TX, he and his wife Jennifer own Bohemian Bounty where they raise pastured dorper and cheviot sheep. James is also a PhD student at Texas State University studying local and organic food production. Recently, James co-authored a chapter on Local Food networks for the just published college textbook, Urban Horticulture.
Peggy Cole, representing Holistic Management International, will explain HMI’s mission and training programs. Peggy has been managing programs in Holistic Management for 25 years. She has a passion for the land and all the critters who share it.