Weatherford Democrat

March 16, 2010

Planned grazing course with Kirk Gadzia this April in Fort Worth

Baxter Black

FORT WORTH — FORT WORTH — Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers and Holistic Management Texas team up to offer a new “Planned Grazing” course at the Will Rogers Memorial Center April 21-25.

The emphasis for this five-day course will be on grazing planning, but instructor Kirk Gadzia will cover rangeland monitoring, financial planning and land planning as well. The content will be relevant to both managerial and operational level employees, with varying levels of formal education. There will be a lands-on Learning aspect if weather permits. Class runs from 8am to 4:15pm each day.

Kirk Gadzia, one of the most popular instructors in the field, is co-author of the important National Academy of Sciences book: Rangeland Health. He holds a BS degree in Wildlife Biology and an MS in Range Science. Founder of Resource Management Services, LLC, Kirk is a Certified Educator with Holistic Management International. He has over 20 years experience teaching these concepts worldwide. Combined with his extensive international consulting work on many agricultural operations, he is uniquely qualified to help you achieve your learning objectives. Kirk works directly with producers to achieve profitability in their operations.

He also provides customized training and consulting to a wide variety of conservation organizations. Years of assisting people on the land helps Kirk approach the course in an interactive, hands-on style. His courses are known for a relaxed atmosphere, open dialogue and practical real-life examples.

Planned grazing is a specific method of planning to have the right animals at the right place in the right timeframe for the right reasons. Although complex, this concept is not complicated and can result in dramatic improvements to land health, animal performance and financial success.

Participants will learn:

- How to plan for profit

- How to manage land, animals and people

- How to understand the water cycle, mineral cycle, community dynamics and the flow of sunlight energy towards profit

- How to read the land to determine its health

- How to plan infrastructure and land design

- How to plan grazing for maximum land and animal health.

Class participants will receive textbooks, workbooks, grazing planning books and software, PowerPoint slides, worksheets and course participant list.

This five-day course is only $595. Space is limited so please register today at or call Amy at (830) 868-2427.

The deadline is April 12 or the date the class fills, whichever comes first. A special hotel rate of $109 per night is offered at Fort Worth’s Holiday Inn Express. Call them at (817) 698-9595 and tell them you are with Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.