CIMARRON, N.M. — The CS Ranch in Colfax County, New Mexico has become a popular and effective “outdoor classroom” for teaching ranchers how to implement profit-improving, drought-resilient regenerative ranching principles and practices.
Today, the non-profit Soil Health Academy announced the ranch will, for its fifth year, host a three-day, hands-on regenerative ranching school titled “Grazing for Profit and Regeneration,” May 30-June 1.
“Family-owned-and-operated, CS Ranch has employed holistic management principles since the mid-1980s and was selected to be the site of the world-renowned regenerative ranching SHA school because of its focused goal in regenerating the health and function of the ranch’s soils,” said SHA President Dawn Breitkreutz.
Gabe Brown, Fernando Falomir, Luke Jones and Shane New will comprise the pioneering rancher-instructor cadre for the school. The school’s curriculum includes…
- How to increase profitability
- How to grow more forage
- How to make your ranch resilient to drought
- How to graze adaptively
- How to reverse desertification
“Attendees will see our native rangeland pastures and will learn how and why implementing soil health principles improve ecosystem function and provide the economic stability of our family ranch,” said CS Ranch partner Kim Barmann. “In addition, our ranch’s ‘outdoor classroom’ will provide attendees with the opportunity to see our focus on water development, the reemergence of native grasses and how the application of adaptive stewardship principles is leading to more profitable outcomes.”
Barmann, who also serves on SHA’s board of directors, said the school at CS Ranch will provide an opportunity for experienced, expert grazers, along with their less-experienced colleagues, to work together in teams to solve real-world grazing problems and to sharpen their management skills.
“Having heard from last year’s attendees, we know that his learning opportunity will change participants’ perspectives on what grazing can and should be,” Barmann said. “The challenges facing ranchers today are greater than any previously experienced, but this school will provide attendees with the knowledge and tools to not only help their ranches survive but to thrive.”
To further ensure participant success, tuition for the on-farm school includes registration for SHA’s on-line Regen Ag Adaptive Grazing course, two follow-up, one-on-one video conferences with SHA experts and access to future group conference calls with the course’s instructors. Scholarships are available.
For more information about the school, to apply for a scholarship, or to become a business sponsor, visit www.soilhealthacademy.org.
–Soil Health Academy