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Gabe Brown & Ken Miller Pasture Walk Tours (Grassfed Exchange & Coalition Tour) Bismarck, ND area

Gabe Brown & Ken Miller Pasture Walk Tours
(Grassfed Exchange Coalition Tour)
Bismarck, N.D. area
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
(Conference continues Aug. 21-22 in Bismarck)
 
Schedule:
7:30 a.m. Load Buses at Ramkota Inn, Bismarck, N.D.
8:45 a.m. Arrive at Miller Ranch
9:00 a.m. Ranch Overview – Ken Miller
9:15 a.m. Holistic Management – Joshua Dukart
9:30 a.m. Grazing Irrigated Pastures – Ken Miller
View irrigated pastures being used for grass finishing
10:15 a.m. Load buses/depart to next stop
10:30 a.m. Native Rangeland – Ken Miller & Doug Peterson
Tour and discussion of a native rangeland ecosystem
11:30 a.m. Load buses/depart to Brown’s Ranch
12:30 p.m. Lunch at Brown’s Ranch
1:30 p.m. Dr. Allen Williams, Todd Churchill & John Wood
Live grass finished beef display and discussion with 
industry representatives
2:15 p.m. Ranch Overview – Gabe & Paul Brown
2:30 p.m. Soil Health & Why It Matters – Gabe Brown & Abe Collins
Slake and infiltration demonstrations – Jay Fuhrer
3:45 p.m. Biological Primers (Cover Crops): The How and the 
Why – Gabe Brown & Gail Fuller
4:45 p.m. High Stock Density Grazing – Paul Brown & Neil Dennis
View grazing of cover crops, discuss fencing, BRIX, dung 
beetles and more
6:00 p.m. Load buses and return to Ramkota Inn
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.   Evening Meal (On your own at local 
restaurants)
7:30 p.m. Presentations/Network Meetings at Ramkota Inn
 
GRASSFED RISING: 
BUILDING THE SOIL-GRASS CONNECTION
 
    The purpose of this event is to help producers grow in knowledge of the grassfed industry and in finishing cattle specifically. Grassfed Exchange’s desire is to help producers understand the possibilities for finishing cattle correctly on grass to produce the best quality grass fed beef possible. They also desire to create a consistency of beef quality within the industry.
 
Brown’s Ranch
3752 106 St. NE, Bismarck, N.D. 
Brown’s Ranch is owned and operated by Gabe and Shelly Brown along with their son, Paul. The ranch practices holistic management with an emphasis on soil health. The highly diversified ranch consists of 5,000 acres of cropland, native and tame pastures. High stock density grazing, biological primers (cover crops), cash grain crops, beef cows, stocker cattle, sheep, laying hens, broilers, turkeys and ducks are used as tools to regenerate their natural resources.
 
Miller Ranch
5705 Highway 1806, Fort Rice, N.D. 
Ken and Bonnie Miller run a management-intensive grazing system consisting of 38 paddocks on 1,200 acres of rugged native rangeland along the Missouri River cut banks. A custom grazing herd consisting of 120 to 130 cow-calf pairs are run in this system. The Miller’s own herd consists of 100 head of smaller framed cow-calf pairs, and the yearlings to be grass finished. This herd is run on irrigated pastures and river bottom land. On the Miller operation all dry land and irrigated fields are planned to be seeded back to grass and legume mixes. The first tour stop will be at the irrigated pastures. The participants will have the opportunity to see grass finished steers and a look at the grazing system. The next stop will be at the custom grazing herd on the native grazing system.
 
Gabe Brown known for his work with no-till and cover crops has earned a national spotlight. We are privileged to have Gabe hosting one of the tours this year. The Brown Ranch is located just east of Bismarck, N.D. Gabe believes it is soil, water and sunlight that all life develops from these resources. It is also from these resources that farmers and ranchers make their living. How they take care of each of these defines their operation. It is his belief that we need to regenerate our landscapes in order for us and future generations to be sustainable. Cover crops, zero-till, crop and livestock diversity and high density grazing are all tools they utilize to improve their resources. (Visit Brown’s Ranch at www.brownsranch.us)
 
Ken Miller ranches south west of Mandan, N.D. He will be our host as we tour his ranch and learn how he has used irrigation and cover crops to bring to life the North Dakota prairie. This will be a very valuable stop on our tour. He is providing us with an opportunity to see some of his grass finished animals. We all will have much to learn from this innovative North Dakota rancher.
 
Doug Peterson has been an NRCS employee for over 25 years. Currently, he is the State Soil Health Conservation-ist in Gallatin, MO, teaching staff and producers around the state about soil health, how it impacts virtually all natural resource processes, and what type of management it takes to effectively improve soil health. Doug’s NRCS training coupled with his real world hands on experience make him a unique spokesperson for holistic soil heath management and the grassfed industry.
 
Dr. Allen Williams resides in Mississippi and is President of Livestock Management Consultants, LLC. His expertise and responsibilities have included research and business interests centered on farm and ranch financial analysis, reproductive efficiency, genetic selection, forage/grazing management, embryo transfer, meat science and live animal carcass ultrasound. He is a founding partner and President of Livestock Management Consultants, LLC, a livestock industry consulting firm. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Association of Family Farms (AFF).
 
Pre-registration is required. Buses will depart from the Ramkota Best Western Plus hotel at 7:30 a.m. and return around 6:30 p.m. It is $40 per person to ride the bus ride and for lunch. Short presentations will occur during the bus ride.
If you do not want to ride the bus but would still like to participate in the tours, that is fine as well. The tours and lunch will be $20. Contact Joshua Dukart (701) 870-1184 for questions.
For more info go to:
 
Reserve before July 29 and save! 
For full conference & banquet – Individual: $175
Group: $175 for first person + $125 for each additional person
Student: $125
Pasture walk tours are an additional charge of $45 or 
$20 per person depending on the transportation arrangement 
during registration. A one-day pass can be purchased 
for $125 per person. Extra banquet tickets can also be 
purchased for $50 per person.
 
To register go to: