Dollar$ and Sense
Sponsored by the Oklahoma Grazing Lands Conservation Association (OGLCA)
August 4 & 5, 2011
Clarion Conference Center, South side of I-40 on Meridian
Hotel Reservations: Call 405-942-8511
On August 4-5, 2011 in Oklahoma City, OK, beginning at 9am, Greg Judy and Neil Dennis will speak at the 10th Annual Dollars and Sense Conference hosted by OLSA and OGLCA. On Thursday evening, a screening and discussion of the film Fresh will be held. This film features Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin, and others who are at the forefront of opening the eyes of the masses toward agriculture.
This event will be held at the Meridian Conference Center, which is a part of the Clarion Hotel. For hotel reservations please call 405.942.8511. For more information about this conference please contact Kim Barker at 580.732.0244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit www.oklsa.com to learn more about this organization.
State, Zip: _____________________
Amount Enclosed: ____________
($150 per person, $100 if 2+ from same operation)
Please make checks payable to:
Oklahoma Land Stewardship Alliance (OLSA)
Please mail registration to:
35878 Cimarron Road
Waynoka, OK 73860
Greg and Jan Judy of Clark, Missouri run a grazing operation on 1400 acres of leased land that is made up from 11 farms. Greg and Jan went from near bankruptcy in 1999 to paying off a 200 acre farm and house in 3 years with custom grazing on leased land and are completely debt free. Today they own 3 farms and lease 8 farms. Holistic High Density Planned Grazing is used to graze cows, cow/calf pairs, bred heifers, horses, and stockers. They also own a 250 head grass genetic cow herd, 300 head hair sheep flock, goat herd, and graze Tamworth pigs. They have also started direct marketing grass-fed beef, lamb and pork. Their website is: greenpasturesfarm.net. Greg is absolutely convinced that there is no better way to get into the grazing business then to lease some fallow land, employ high density grazing and use other people’s livestock to do it. Since switching from Management Intensive Grazing to Holistic High Density Grazing 3 years ago, the results have been breathtaking. The Judys use no lime, no fertilizer, no seeding, no chemicals, no equipment. The Judys focus solely on increasing animal density, trampling plants to form the litter bank, animal performance and long grass recovery periods between grazing. Plant diversity has exploded along with increased grass quantity each successive year combined with increased profit. Greg wrote a book in 2001, entitled “NO RISK RANCHING, Custom Grazing On Leased Land”, which gives a complete breakdown on the methods they used to build their operation from scratch. In 2008 Greg wrote a second book “COMEBACK FARMS, Rejuvenating Soils, Pastures and Profits with Livestock Grazing Management”. Greg’s new book covers all the methods they use with Holistic High Density Grazing, multi-species grazing, grass finishing animals, eliminating costly inputs. Greg has given numerous talks and schools all over the United States on the benefits of Holistic High Density Planned Grazing, leasing land, multi-species grazing, custom grazing and wildlife management. The Judys hold Holistic High Density Grazing Schools at their farms teaching the principles of HHDG. Greg does consultant work for other people interested in setting up HHDG grazing systems. Greg quit his off farm job of 30 years and is now a full time rancher.
For the past 25 years Neil Dennis has been exploring new pathways in the science of grazing cattle. Twenty-five years ago, working long hard hours, struggling as a mixed farmer to stay one step ahead of his financial institution, Neil was not having any fun. Forced to take a second look at his situation, by his pocket book and his hesitancy to depend on technology (chemicals); he came to the conclusion he needed to make some changes. So began his journey that has led him here today. Dennis’ love of the land and his passion for his agricultural heritage, and sheer stubbornness to make it work, have given him fuel to forge into the realms of the unknown when it comes to soil health, grass management and cattle grazing. Dennis has evolved with his land. Once a purebred cattle and sheep producer and a mixed farm operator, (1800 seeded acres, 640 acres in forage and as many more in permanent pasture) Dennis now knows the wealth of a farm is directly dependent upon the health of the land. He has: successfully naturally rejuvenated a 1949 seeded pasture with the use of nothing more than high stock density and proper recovery time; increased the carrying capacity of his lands by 300-400% (biodiversity is appreciated as a pasture once seeded to crested wheat grass now claims 40 species); and increased water infiltration up to a level of 5-10 inches per hour. Neil Dennis is now living his dream: having fun in his fields where he has developed systems to move 800 plus head of cattle, easily, single-handedly and with minimum stress to man and beast; restoring health to land that was previously being mined since 1900; traveling, meeting like-minded people and having a blast doing it.