If you didn’t attend the March Bull Session on Planning Your Grazing, here is what you missed!
Producers Craig and Connie French from Malta, Tyrel Obrecht from Turner, Bart Morris from Missoula, and Jim Spinner from Lambert explained how they prepare their grazing plans and things they know they need to change, especially when facing more drought conditions.
This group openly shared:
- What types of software (Maia versus Pasture Map), programs (spreadsheets), or old-school “draw it on a map on the kitchen table” applications do they use;
- How they have adapted the grazing plans over the years;
- What they would change for the future;
- And stressed the importance of just making a grazing plan even if you don’t follow it exactly.
Tyrel Obrecht said it best, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.”
“Producers can take away such a tremendous amount of information from these candid conversations,” Bull Session facilitator Holly Stoltz said. “I highly advise producers to attend.”
WSE records each session and posts them to the Rancher Network page on their new website, westernsustainabilityexchange.org. However, producers can get much more out of the sessions by joining live. If anyone would like to join, please email Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Bull Session is slated for Monday, April 25th, at 7 p.m. The topic of conversation is water systems – solar, reservoirs and everything in between – along with new funding opportunities. Plan to attend this one. It is sure to be very informative.
The Bull Sessions were developed as a virtual gathering place where producers could meet and learn from each other. It is a peer-to-peer network where the ranchers themselves determine each session topic. WSE’s only role is to organize, host, and facilitate these conversations. Therefore, please let us know if you have any ideas for future sessions.