Friday, November 2, 2018
800 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Whether you are an experienced grazier or new to regenerative grazing, this workshop will inspire you to the next level for your grazing goals. Learn from Holistic Management Certified Educators from around the world and practiced regenerative graziers as together we explore grazing principles and practices to regenerate your landscape and improve your business profitability. The Regenerative Grazing Workshop will explore two regenerative grazing case studies through interactive work to delve into real-life challenges.
Learn about integrating cover crops, multi-species grazing, wildlife considerations, multi-use situations, and more to achieve your farm and ranch goals. This workshop will be experiential with opportunity to discuss key grazing management strategies with Certified Educators, master graziers, and other workshop participants. Register today to expand your grazing toolbox and network!
Format of the Day:
This is designed to be a highly interactive and co-creative workshop. We are bringing together 2 dedicated and experienced Holistic Management operations to share their successes and challenges in Case Studies format, a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable HMI Certified Educators to provide a diverse range of experience and wisdom, and a unique group of participants (including you?) to explore Regenerative Grazing topics.
We will be learning in-depth about 2 diverse operations, exploring options, brainstorming, planning, and discussing both in small groups led by our team of highly experienced HMI Certified Educators, in large group sharing sessions, and panel Q&A and discussion. Bring your questions and perspective, and prepare to engage in sharing your own experiences, learning from other’s experiences, brainstorming, and creatively exploring our regenerative future.
Green Fields Farm, 450 acres in Central Texas
Our first case study of the day is Green Fields Farm, where Jonathan and Kaylyn Cobb have been using Holistic Management over the past 5 years to transition from conventionally row cropping thousands of acres to grazing operations on perennial pasture. They will share challenges along way and how they have adapted to these challenges, including transitioning to perennial native pasture, addressing soil health and succession, using cover crops, multi-species grazing, and exploring the potential to incorporate co-ops or MOU’s to add enterprises and people to their land.
Jonathan and Kaylyn Cobb are stewards of soil in the Blackland Prairie of central Texas, some of which has been in the family over 100 years. After earning their business degrees and spending several years away from the farm, they decided to leave the urban life and continue the farming tradition. Five years into row crop farming thousands of acres with his father, Jonathan and Kaylyn nearly left the farm because they didn’t see a future in the industrial row crop model. Thankfully before leaving, they were exposed to regenerative agriculture and learned there was hope to both regenerate their land and enhance profitability.
In addition to stewarding their pasture-based farm, Jonathan provides soil health consulting and serves on the boards for The Grassfed Exchange and Holistic Management International. Kaylyn also works part-time as a CPA and is a graduate of Holistic Management International’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program.
Round River Resource Management, Eastern Colorado
Brett Gray Ranch and Red Top Ranch
This case study will focus on experiences and accomplishments at Brett Gray Ranch, sharing how Louis Martin has applied Holistic Management to successfully regenerate a highly degraded ranch. Then, challenges of a new project at Red Top Ranch will provide more opportunities for discussions and interactive and small group work.
Red Top Ranch is a unique opportunity offered by The Nature Conservancy in which Louis will be identifying individual ranchers to jointly purchase and collaboratively manage the historic Red Top Ranch (80,000 acres – 70K owned, 10K leased) in Colorado. Some opportunities and challenges include: infrastructure design, grazing strategies and implementation, exploring collaborative grazing management models, financial structures, and effective recruitment of partners.
Louis Martin currently serves as the CEO and general manager for Round River Resource Management and oversees management of the Brett Gray and Lyme BX Ranches, working in collaboration with the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners (SLB), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and others to achieve the desired goals of all stakeholders.
He has been involved in the livestock and ranching business for over forty years, and has served sixteen years as general manager for the Texas A&M University Beef Cattle Center in College Station, Texas, where he oversaw all cattle operations and facilitated the teaching, research and extension activities at the Center. In addition, he has been involved in Holistic Management for over thirty years, consulted for numerous ranches and managed large ranches in Texas, northeastern Utah and Colorado before coming to the Brett Gray Ranch.
Louis received a BS and Master’s degree in Animal Science and Ranch Management at Texas A&M University, has trained with several HMI Certified Educators, is an alumni of Ranching for Profit and currently continues his education as an Executive Link board member and participates in numerous education opportunities annually.
Holistic Management Certified Educator Panel:
Internationally renowned grazing expert 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.
Cindy has practiced Holistic Management since 1993 and has been a Certified Educator since 1995. She serves business management consultant with the local Small Business Development Center. She has worked with new and beginning farmers, local food systems, Native Americans, and non-profits facilitating learning in natural resource management, community and organizational development, business planning and enterprise development, marketing, facilitation and consensus building, land health and biological monitoring, irrigation water management, and rare breed conservation. She has been a lifelong farmer with experience raising sheep, beef, poultry, fruits and vegetables, grass-fed production, pasture and hay. She holds a degree in Natural Resource Management and Soil Science from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Kirk Gadzia is a Professional Certified Educator with Holistic Management International® (HMI) and has over 25 years experience teaching the concepts of natural resource management worldwide. As founder and owner of Resource Management Services, his extensive international consulting work uniquely qualifies him to help you achieve your organizational and individual objectives. Kirk holds a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Range Science. He is a co-author of several important books on Rangeland Management. His years of assisting people on the land and working in a wide variety of cultural and family situations worldwide helps Kirk approach his consulting and training in an interactive, hands-on style. His training sessions are known for their relaxed atmosphere, open dialogue and practical real-life examples.
Wayne is a beef farmer and manages his family ranch and cattle breeding operation just north of Johannesburg, South Africa. He was introduced to Holistic Management through his parents, but developed his own passion for it in 1998, becoming a Professional Certified Educator in 2007. Wayne has experienced firsthand how the principles of Holistic Management have huge impacts on ecosystem productivity as well as economic health of his own operation – saving his family ranch. He currently also serves on HMI’s Board of Directors and is chairman of HMI’s Framework Review Committee. Wayne wants to see the “magic” of Holistic Management spread around and multiplied and sees HMI as a great organization to do this.
Roland has been helping ranchers create Holistic Grazing Plans since 1984, more than 30 years. In 1985, Roland quit the NRCS and began working for HMI in the Northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. Roland and Kirk Gadzia trained together and learned how to effectively teach and practice the concepts of Holistic Management. Today, he continues to teach Holistic Management to ranchers and students at Montana State University. Since 1995, Roland has set up more than 350 Monitoring Transects on 30 plus ranches and annually collects Monitoring Data and Photos. This has given him tremendous insight into how ranchers can create ecological change and improve the health of the land.
Roland has a degree in Range and Wildlife Management from the University of Nebraska and 8 years experience working with the NRCS in Nebraska and Washington state. Prior to college, Roland spend most of his youth growing up on a farm along the Platte River valley.
Guy Glosson, Holistic Management Certified Educator and Manager Mesquite Grove Ranch
Guy 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.
Brian Luce, Holistic Management Certified Educator
Brian Luce has been applying the principals of Holistic Management on his ranch and in his community for over 25 years. He became Certified in 2010 and has taught and mentored many producers in their efforts to improve productivity of grazing lands while maintaining healthy ecosystems. His home is in Central Alberta, Canada where his Great Grandfather settled in 1919. One of the challenges of this agricultural area is the Grey Wooded soil as well as the short growing season and Brian has worked extensively to learn how to use grazing animals as a tool to improve the microbial activity in the soil. He is always reading, learning and applying new ideas to the land that he loves. Brian and his family raise Certified Organic grass fed beef, as well as pasture pork, lamb and chickens for direct market in the nearby cities. They also grow cereal crops such as Certified Organic barley, wheat and oats. He and his wife Gail have 4 children who live and work alongside them and they are looking forward to the arrival of their first grandchild in January.
This workshop is SOLD OUT.
If you have any questions please contact Stephanie von Ancken, [email protected]