Holistic Ranching Seminar - September 28 - 30, 2017
Well-known bison ranching pioneer Ken Klemm and internationally-recognized Holistic Management consultant and educator Kirk Gadzia offer here a unique opportunity to learn cutting-edge management practices and a behind the scenes look at a well-established bison and cattle ranch in NW Kansas. You can expect 3 days packed-full of information and hands-on experiences.
- 8:00 am start times all days
- Noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch Provided (Hint: It won’t be chicken)
- 4-5 pm on Thursday/Friday: Wrap-up/review
A full day of Holistic Management instruction with Kirk and Ken. Holistic Management is most easily defined by simply adding W to the word holistic. This describes what the process does - helps us manage Whole situations rather than perceived parts. Managing the whole gives better results and fewer unexpected problems. Many publications today are filled with gloomy forecasts about agriculture and the environment. Yet, there are few who offer realistic solutions that strengthen both our economy and communities. To reverse this trend we must do it with people already on the land. Holistic Management gives human values a priority, while creating profit through proven financial planning procedures and ecosystem enhancement techniques.
Upon completion of the day, you can expect to have a clear introduction of how to put the principles of Holistic Management into practice to achieve your goals. Understanding and managing the ecosystem is emphasized, as well as the tools available to you to influence your financial, land and people resources. You will also be introduced to specific techniques you need to help you significantly improve your ability to make better decisions in your business.
Friday: (2 track with a switch-up after lunch)
One group will spend a half day with Kirk doing actual rangeland monitoring on well-established, real-world monitoring transects. See how Holistic Management principles have almost tripled the stocking rate of this ranch and greatly increased the biological diversity and health of the land.
The second group will spend time in the field with Ken learning the ins and outs of bison management, pasture fence and corral design and construction. Hint: Pasture fence, if done right, is low cost and very effective. Also, Ken will share the why and the how of his co-grazing of cattle and bison. Also, see the results of 15+ years of cover-crop research, its application and farmland soil regeneration progress. This will be a show-all, tell-all time to learn and shorten your learning curve.
Saturday: (pick one – half day)
- Track One: Advanced Holistic training with Kirk with a special focus on financial management/planning and the creation of formal grazing plans
- Track Two: Hands on bison handling with Ken. This group is limited to 6 participants.
Lodging is $75/night/room: Two beds per room with shared bathrooms. Clean, simple, rural and very comfortable. We have limited lodging here at the ranch in our Prairie Lodge and will be available on first-come first-serve basis. The overflow will be lodged at the equally-nice neighboring Kuhrt Ranch Lodge. Quite often the fellowship and contacts made “outside” the scheduled time is just as valuable as the scheduled time itself.
Cost: $600 per person and $500 for the second person from the same ranch. Continental breakfast and delicious lunch are included each day. Dinner is on your own. Goodland is 18 miles away.
Transportation to the seminar is not included, however, Goodland has a first-class private airport and we can pick you up. Transportation while at the seminar is included.
Space is limited, RSVP early. First come, first serve. RSVP by September 19th.
Send payment (check or money order) to:
Beaver Creek Buffalo
PO Box 102
Goodland, KS 67735
Questions? 785-899-9274 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.