Managing Cattle, Soil Health & Local Food Economy - Allen Williams Workshop

A champion of the grass-fed beef industry as well as cutting edge grazing methodology, Dr. Allen Williams helps restore natural soil water retention and reduce runoff, increase land productivity, enhance plant and wildlife biodiversity, and produce healthier food. In fact, he developed many of the original grass-fed protocols and technologies now adopted by the grass-fed sector.

This workshop focuses on the connection between cattle management and healthy soils as part of the local food economy. The Field Day on the second day focuses on details important to local cattle producers in managing and assessing their operations, maximizing quality, and ensuring soil and human health.

Dr. Williams graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science and a Minor in Poultry Science, then attended Louisiana State University and earned his Ph.D. in Animal Genetics and Physiology. After a time with the USDA FSIS, he had stints on the faculties at both Louisiana Tech University and Mississippi State University.

Allen Williams Biography

Schedule - Workshop and Field Day  

October 18, 2017

4:30PM - General Session with Allen Williams

  • Overview of managing cattle for healthy soils, marketing, and building a local food economy. 
  • Adams State representative to talk about their new food studies program? 

Location: Carson Auditorium - Adams State University

6:00PM -Dinner and Social

Location: La Manzanilla Barn Event Center  

 October 19, 2017

9:00AM - Opening Session with Breakfast refreshments

  • Presentation on research data - generating soil carbon and animal gain
  • George Whitten introduction on what we are dealing with on a local level (rancher perspective) 
  • Patrick O'Neill introduction on what we are dealing with on a local level (farming/ranching perspective) 

Location: Carson Auditorium - Adams State University  

11:00AM - Skadberg Farms 

Field Discussion  

  • Critical infrastructure needed for rotational grazing
  • Demo of building a bat latch 
  • What skills needed for grazing managers
  • What forage of Crops needed, how to manage what we have, quality concerns for grazing what we have 
  • Body score assessment, characteristics of animals that finish well on grass, cull animals
  • Discussing the pinch points in the lifespan of a grass-fed animal

Lunch in the Field

Field Discussion ContinuedPatrick and Allen lead discussion between grazers and farmers 

  • Tips 
  • What has gone well, what do we need to do differently 
  • Connections
  • Contracts for leasing, the relationship between the two parties
  • Assessing risk, cost, and benefit

Wrapping up and closing statements - What  does this all matter? Soil health, human health

Ends Around 4:00PM 

Location: Skadberg Farms, Romeo, CO (Rain location Carson Auditorium)  

Registration Options 

  • Day 1 - General Session Lecture Only - $10
  • Day 1 – General Session Lecture & Dinner with Social - $25
  • Day 2 – General Session, Field day & lunch - $50
  • Day 1 & 2 - Full workshop including Wednesday night dinner& Thursday Lunch - $65
  • ASU Student Day 1 – General Session & Dinner - $7
  • ASU Student Day 2 – General Sessions, Field Day& Lunch - $7
  • ASU Student participation in general sessions only - no charge

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