Category Archives: Presentations

Pasture & Livestock Management Workshop: Meet Me In WV!

I’m really excited to announce that I’ve been asked to co-instruct a 2-1/2 day PermaEthos workshop at the Elisha’s Spring Farm in Walton, WV.  The workshop will take place from Thursday evening September 3rd thru Sunday morning September 6th.  Please read on and considering joining me for this fun filled, value packed, educational event!

My cohort for the weekend will be Mike Haigwood of Real Life Consulting and together we’ll be covering all aspects of grazing, pasture management and restoration, forage selection, soil health, fencing, buried water systems, animal handling, marketing, business planning and more.

The fee for the workshop ($350/person or $625/couple) includes not only your admission to the class, but also all of your food and drink for the entire time!  Most of the food (pork, poultry and veggies) has been produced on the farm where the workshop is being held, using methods that are organic in practice.  This is going to be a great time and will be absolutely jam packed with information!  We have nearly 20 hours of instructional time scheduled during our weekend together.  If you are interested in producing livestock in a grass based system don’t miss this event!  I have to say that PermaEthos has gone all out to make this class one heck of a value.

To learn more, just follow this link to the PermaEthos website.  There you can read the entire class itinerary, read a biography on myself and Mike Haigwood, look at the additional activities scheduled (optional evening classes, barter blanket, campfire discussions) and of course reserve your spot.  There are a limited number of seats available, so don’t wait too long to sign up!

Since you are a reader of my blog, I want to give you a heads up about what I’ll be specifically discussing during my sessions each day.  Keep in mind that what is listed below is in addition to what Mike will be covering, the optional evening classes taught by the guest instructors, a farm tour and our topic based campfire chats!

Day 1:  The first session will deal with the nuts and bolts of whole farm infrastructure including hi-tensile fence for cattle and pigs, corral loading systems, multi-use chicken tractors, buried water systems, rotational grazing and pasture restoration.

In the afternoon during session two we’ll be outdoors with a hands-on instructional class where we build hi-tensile fence like we use here at our farm.  We’ll show you how to use fiberglass fence posts, crimp wires, install a ratchet strainer, build an h-brace, make electrical connections and more.  Bring gloves because you’ll be getting your hands dirty!

Day 2:  Marketing and business planning will be the focus here, and we’re allotting 25% of the classroom instructional time to these subjects!  Session one will deal with how to build a marketing list, marketing displays, free marketing tools, how to select a farmers market, income diversification, working with restaurants or health food stores and more.

In the second half I’ll cover business strategies, cash flow management, product cost analysis, economies of scale, setting retail and bulk prices, tracking expenses, liability insurance, legal protection and more.

I sincerely hope that I get to meet many of you at this event!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me and I’ll be happy to respond.  See you in September!

2015 Southern Indiana Grazing Conference

The 2015 Southern Indiana Grazing Conference agenda is set and once again I’m looking forward to this years cadre of speakers.

This is one of my favorite events to attend each year, and it is one of the best values out there for a continuing education in grazing!  This is a smaller, one day event but it is an extremely reasonable seminar to attend and worth the drive to a rural area of Indiana.  Register by February 18th, and the cost to attend is only $35 and includes refreshments as well as lunch ($45 after that date).  On top of that, the speakers are second to none.  Previous speakers include Greg Judy, Gabe Brown and Jim Gerrish to name a few.  Also new this year, you can register online (small processing fee added).  Please note that the conference is moving from the previous location to a newer, larger venue.

This year grazer and author Gerald Fry will be the featured speaker.  Leading off for the days speakers however is Kate Yegerlehner, who is a full time grazer.  Kate and her family run a 100% grass based dairy.  She is a frequent contributor to Stockman Grass Farmer and is also a personal friend of mine.  If you are interested in grass only dairy, you will find no better resource!  The Yegerlehner family was also instrumental in helping me personally get started in farming.

I’m certain that as usual when I attend a conference, I’ll walk away with several pearls of wisdom that will save me countless dollars and heartache for years to come.  If you are within a few hours drive of Oden, IN it would be well worth your while to attend this conference.  There is even a small trade show that you can walk thru during the breaks.  And if you happen to run into me, please stop and introduce yourself!  I love chatting with all of you in person when the opportunity presents itself.

To learn more, you can visit the Davies County Soil & Water District website.  I hope to see many of you there!

Southern Indiana Grazing Conference

If you have been around me for more than 5 minutes or read my blog posts, then you know that I’m a huge fan of continuing education in the form of reading, and specifically conferences.

One of my favorite events to attend each February is the Southern Indiana Grazing Conference located in Oden, IN.  Yes it is a smaller, one day event out in the middle of nowhere!  But it is an extremely reasonable event to attend, considering they charge a whopping $30 if you register by January 22nd, and only $40 after that date – both of which include lunch!  On top of that, the speakers are second to none.  The last two years I have met Greg Judy, Gabe Brown and many more renowned grazers at this small conference.  Thanks to NRCS funding, it’s the best bang for the buck out there in educational conferences.

This year grazer and author Jim Gerrish and weed grazing expert Kathy Voth are the featured speakers.  I’m certain that as usual when I attend a conference, I’ll walk away with several pearls of wisdom that will save me countless dollars and heartache for years to come.  If you are within a few hours drive of Oden, it would be well worth your while to attend this conference.  There is even a small trade show that you can walk thru during the breaks.  And if you happen to run into me, please stop and introduce yourself!  I love chatting with all of you in person when the opportunity presents itself.

To learn more, you can visit the Davies County Soil & Water District website.  I hope to see many of you there!