Healthy Soils, Healthy Livestock: Grazing Workshop April 8-9
Healthy livestock make for healthy ranching profits, but the health of the
animals depends on the health of the soil.
Ranchers can learn how to improve the health of both their soil and their
cattle, using tools like management intensive grazing, at a workshop April
8-9 at the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Poteau.
Featured speaker Ray Archuleta will share his perspective on soil health and
pasture assessment. His passion is applying ecological principles to
agricultural systems to use and improve the most amazing resource we have:
Archuleta has over 25 years of experience with the NRCS, most recently as a
member of the Soil Quality Team. He is a Certified Professional Soil
Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America.
"I've known people who have heard Ray and come away planning big changes
with their whole grazing and livestock operations," says Kerr Center Program
Director Dr. Ann Wells, D.V.M. "He's so dynamic and makes soil science so
"This is more than just a grazing conference," says Wells, who will also
present at the workshop, along with the Kerr Center's Mary Penick and Andy
Makovy. The speaker lineup also includes Dr. David Sparks, D.V.M., and
Brian Freking, both with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.
In addition to soil health concepts, the workshop will cover goal setting,
hands-on animal assessment, the "cowboy arithmetic" of designing and laying
out pastures and water for management intensive grazing, and genetics for
grazing (with an emphasis on Pineywoods cattle). Sessions will be divided
between an indoor classroom setting, and pastures on the Kerr Ranch for
The $60 registration fee is due by March 29, and covers all materials as
well as lunch for both days. (Refunds are available if registration is
cancelled by April 4.)
Registration is available online at www.kerrcenter.com (look in calendar of events), along with more information on the workshop
program and presenters, or by phone at 918.647.9123.
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