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70th SRM Annual Meeting & Trade Show

Red Rock and Rangelands

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St. George, UT
January 29 - February 2, 2017

Student Recruitment
Rangeland Careers
Sustainable Rangelands Through Low-input Grassfed Production
Sponsored by American Grassfed Association
February 11, 2010
Denver, Colorado
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Session Videos
Market demand is rapidly increasing for sustainably-raised animal products. Grass-based livestock production is inherently sustainable as this production system relies on biodiversity and ecological complexity to maintain production without the use of costly inputs. The goal of sustainable rangelands and ranching is best achieved through a system of grassfed livestock production. Low-input grassfed production keeps land in permanent vegetation, which is more ecologically and economically sound than row cropping used for supplementing livestock confinement operations. Benefits of grassfed production for the environment include: reduced or eliminated pesticide use, greatly reduced soil erosion, increased soil fertility while eliminating commercial fertilizer application, increased carbon sequestration which helps combat the greenhouse effect and global warming, increased plant diversity versus monoculture crops, and improved wildlife habitat for native species. If the producer incorporates intensively-managed rotational grazing (also called management-intensive grazing or planned grazing) they can lower production costs, reduce animal stress, and boost the animalís immune system.

Sustainable Rangelands Through Low-input Grassfed Production:  Speakers and Titles

Morning Session

Moderator:  Dan Nosal
NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist
Franktown, Colorado
The Virtues of Grassfed Products for Consumers
Meg Cattell and Arden Nelson
Windsor Dairy
Windsor, Colorado
Ranching in Sync with Nature
Dale Lasater
Lasater Ranch
Matheson, Colorado
Multiple-Species Grassfed Production
Richard Parry
Fox Fire Farms
Ignacio, Colorado
Benefits of Low-Input Ranching
Kit Pharo
Pharo Cattle Company
Cheyenne Wells, Colorado
Afternoon Session

Moderator:  Matt Barnes
NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist
Kremmling, Colorado
Organic Grass-Finished Beef on a Forage Chain from Conception to Consumer
George Whitten and Julie Sullivan
San Juan Ranch
Saguache, Colorado
The Low-Carbon Foodprint of Local Grassfed Livestock Production in a Semiarid Environment Dennis Moroney
47 Ranch
McNeal, Arizona
Desert-Adapted Beef Cattle: Harvesting the Past for the Future
Ed Fredrickson, Alfredo Gonzales, Gerardo Bezanilla, and Jose Rios
Jornada Experimental Range
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Benefits of Grazing Systems to Grassfed Production
Harvey Sprock
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Greeley, Colorado
Rebuilding Food System Infrastructure in the Southwest
Laurie Bower
Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance
Santa Fe, New Mexico
American Grassfed Certification: Paperwork behind the Promise
Carrie Balkcom
American Grassfed Association
Denver, Colorado
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