Kansas Graziers Winter Conference will be Feb. 24 in Salina

“How to Not Go Broke Ranching” is the theme for the 2018 KGA Winter Grazing Association Winter Conference to be held Feb. 24 at the Kansas State Polytechnic Campus, 2310 Centennial Road, Salina, Kansas. 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 taking 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.”

Davis is from a five-generation ranch and has spent fifty plus years as a working rancher with interests in west Texas and 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.

Davis 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 Davis share his “Low Input Ranching, Wisdom from Years of Experience.”

Kansas Graziers Association Winter Grazing Conference is Feb. 24 at the Kansas State Polytechnic Campus, 2310 Centennial Road, Salina, Kansas. Directions—From I-35 take Exit 90. Go west on West Magnolia Road to Centennial. Campus is on the left.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the workshop held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration is $60 for first person, $40 for a spouse or second person from the ranch and student price is $20. Price includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments and handouts. Please register ASAP for the meal count.

Send names, address details and check to: Mary Howell, 1723 Wildcat Rd, Frankfort, Kansas 66427-8618. For questions call Mary at 785-562-8726 or email her [email protected].