HMI Class Meeting on the Farm

Terry Gompert, Certified Holistic Instructor, talks to the students about knowing how fast grass grow-back is occurring.

Terry and the class examine the soil organic layer to determine past management practices. Having a 4” litter two layer is a good indication that the soil is growing, accumulating and will sustain plant growth in the future.

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Categories: Management, Nat. Resources, and Photos.

Holistic Management Class

We enjoyed out first Holistic Management workshop this weekend with main speaker Terry Gompert and trainee speaker Doug Peterson. This was the first of several meetings to be held in Bolivar, Missouri this summer and fall. Click here to learn more about Holistic Management International.

Tina, Richard, Terry, and Doug

Categories: Management.

Ag Tour Stopped on the Farm

Several months ago Don Lucietta, assistant to Representative Roy Blunt, asked us if they could bring the Representative and an ag tour group to see our switchgrass field in August? We said sure, why not? Well, we didn’t hear much about it after that, though they did ask for some promotional information and photos about us a month or so ago for the printed packet of materials they handed out to the group.

Then, this morning things started happening! KOLR 10 TV station called and asked if they could come out earlier and interview us.

Here’s the link to their finished report which appeared on TV tonight!

And here’s the link to the Springfield News-Leader articles in the August 12 issue. We were front page, above the fold in the actual paper!

Richard was interviewed about our switchgrass field, our cattle business, and our low-stress livestock handling!

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Categories: Current News, Management, Nat. Resources, Photos, and Stockmanship.

Bull Evaluation Day

Richard and I spent a great day at Weston and Beth Walker’s farm just east of Bona, Missouri today while Kit Pharo of Pharo Cattle Co. evaluated the bulls Weston and Beth had been growing out.

They put each bull between the two groups of evaluators and rated them on various categories including fleshing ability, thickness, muscling, masculinity and disposition.

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Categories: Management and Photos.