Kathy and Rachel at 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands


Rachel and I will be speaking at the 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands, December 13th -16th in Grapevine, Texas. It’s being hosted by the National Grazing Lands Coalition and they’re even giving us a table in the trade show so that we’ll have some place you can find us and we can sit and chat with you during the day.

The Conference is a great forum for discussion and exchanging information. The program includes concurrent sessions broken into four tracks addressing western, central and eastern grazing lands, and dairy grazing land management, so there is something for everyone. You can check out the draft agenda for each day so that you can get a better idea of what you’ll find at the conference:

Sunday – Field Trip to the Popp Farm and their no-till and cover crop practice and to the Dixon Water Foundation to talk about how their grazing management has benefited soil health
Monday Schedule – Starting at 8 a.m.
Tuesday Schedule – Starting at 8 a.m.
Wednesday Schedule – ending at noon

Rachel and I will be speaking on Monday morning. Our topic is “Science, Pseudoscience, and When to Spend Your Money.”  Our plan is to share the principles behind the “B.S. detector” we use to help separate fact from fiction, so that you know when to try something and when to keep your money in your pocket. We’re going to demonstrate it’s use on some pasture management practices currently being promoted and hopefully some examples from the audience as well. As an added bonus, we’ll share how you can set up simple trials of your own to test ideas and practices without breaking the bank.

I will be speaking Wednesday morning on another of my favorite topics.  My talk is called “Weeds are Great Forage. Teach Your Livestock to Eat Them.” I’m going to share what I’ve learned about what great nutritional value weeds have and the simple steps you can use to teach your livestock to eat them. For an investment of about $200 and 8 hours of time over 7 days, you can win the war on weeds and increase forage by about 30%.

To learn more about the conference, click here. You’ll see Rachel’s and my smiling faces right there at the top of the page, so you’ll know who you’re looking for when you arrive.

Hope to see you soon! 🙂

Kathy and Rachel

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