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“How to Not Go Broke Ranching” is the theme for the 2018 KGA Winter Grazing Association Winter Conference to be held, February 24, 2018, at the Kansas State Polytechnic Campus, 2310 Centennial Road, Salina, KS. The workshop will feature well known Oklahoma rancher and educator Walt Davis. The title of the workshop is derived from Walt’s book “How to Not Go Broke Ranching: Things I Learned the Hard Way in Fifty-plus Years of Ranching.” Also joining the stage will be agronomist Dale Strickler, KGA President and Green Cover Seed educator, to present on “How to Create a Drought Resilient Soil” and “Providing for Livestock in a Drought.”

Walt Davis is from a five-generation ranch and has spent fifty plus years as a working rancher with interests in west Texas and in southeast Oklahoma. After almost going broke following the advice of high tech agriculture experts, he spent years developing a biological approach to ranching based on planned rotational grazing. Biodiversity exploded under the new management with beneficial organisms from dung beetles to earthworms increasing as pest organisms decreased. Expenses dropped as production increased so that the ranch was consistently profitable. For the last twenty years he has worked with land owners, ranchers and both public and private organizations as a management consultant, adviser and teacher. He is in demand as a speaker and over the years has spoken to a diverse collection of audiences on his passion for good land management. He is a past president of Holistic Management of Texas and of the Oklahoma Land Stewardship Alliance and is vitally interested in promoting land use that is profitable, sustainable and user friendly.

Walt has demonstrated on his own operations and on client operations that ranching and farming can be financially profitable while improving soil health and the over-all health of the land. He is the author of numerous articles and has published three books. Plan to attend the workshop and hear Walt share his “Low Input Ranching, Wisdom from Years of Experience.”

Kansas Graziers Association Winter Grazing Conference is February 24, 2018 at the Kansas State Polytechnic Campus, 2310 Centennial Road, Salina, KS. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the Workshop held 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration Price is $60.00 for first person, a spouse or second person from the ranch is $40.00 and Student Price is $20.00. Price includes lunch, morning/afternoon refreshments and handouts. Please register ASAP – for meal count!
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Send names, address details and check to: Mary Howell, 1723 Wildcat Rd, Frankfort, KS 66427-8618. For questions call Mary 785-562-8726 or email her kfu.mary@gmail.com

How to Not Go Broke Ranching
Agenda

2018 Kansas Graziers Association Winter Conference
February 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kansas State Polytechnic Campus
2310 Centennial Road Salina, KS

(Take Exit 90 on I-35. Take W Magnolia Rd to Centennial Rd. Campus is on the left.)

Guest Speakers – Walt Davis & Dale Strickler

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Walt Davis – How to Not Go Broke Ranching – Part 1
9:45 a.m. Dale Strickler – How to Create a Drought Resilient Soil
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Walt Davis – How to Not Go Broke Ranching – Part 2
12:00 p.m. LUNCH
12:45 p.m. Walt Davis – How to Not Go Broke Ranching – Part 3
1:45 p.m. Dale Strickler – Providing for Livestock in a Drought
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Walt Davis – How to Not Go Broke Ranching – Part 4
4:00 p.m. Questions and Discussion with Walt and Dale
Closing Comments

 

KGA Winter Grazing Conference