Grazing Club Meetings “Gabe Brown & Jay Fuhrer”

Dec 12, 2007

Gabe Brown ranches just east of Bismark in Burleigh County, North Dakota. As a member of the Burleigh County Soil Conservation District, he practices Holistic Management techniques on his 4000 acre mixed grain (1500 ac.) and cattle (2500 ac.) operation. His first objectives, to improve soil quality and moisture infiltration, are being met, with reductions in chemical use and input costs, resulting in increased yields and economic benefits. Much of his success results from the use of "Cover Crop Cocktails." The improved health of his land is also indicated by increases in types and numbers of wildlife species.

Gabe has spoken before in Manitoba, at the Grazing School and to the Interlake ranchers at Lower Fort Garry. Those who heard him then have been asking to have him back to share his experience and knowledge. Jay Fuhrer is a soils agronomist with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service, attached to the Burleigh County Conservation office. He tests and demonstrates various grazing forage species and cover crop combinations, measures the soils on participating ranchers’ lands, and advises the group on managing their soils. He will bring a wealth of data to back up the practical results that Jay Fuhrer has.