Webinar: Profitable Grass-based Livestock Systems

Tues., March 22, 2011; 7 pm (CST)


On March 22nd, 2011 at 7 pm (CST) there will be a FREE “Farminar” from Practical Farmers of Iowa. This web-based seminar is a 90-minute, interactive, online learning opportunity offered by Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Thirty-seven year veteran rancher and author Cody Holmes will teach Torray and Erin Wilson how to plan for a profitable grazing system, how to work smarter with animals, how to track sales and costs, and how to maintain profit with grass-based livestock.

Cody’s philosophy recognizes that a holistic systems approach can be used successfully in all aspects of ranching and home life by incorporating two critical components: planning and decision-making. Cody and his wife, Dawnnell, along with their daughter, Taylor, manage 450 cow/calf pairs, 300 sheep, 70 hogs, 1,500 poultry, and 12 dairy cows on 1,000 acres in southern Missouri. They also operate a retail meat sales home delivery service.

Torray grew up on the farm where they currently live near Paulina, Iowa. Erin grew up on a dairy farm in northeast Iowa. They practice holistic management while grazing beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, and help with the family niche pork operation that includes pasture farrowing. Their chickens are sold locally through farmers’ market; pork is sold on contract with Niman Ranch; and lamb is split between direct market sales and ethnic markets through a sale barn.

Check out more Faminars from Practical Farmers of Iowa below! Previously recorded farminars are available in our archive.

Supported by Farm Aid and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-49400-21843

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