Ranching the Changing Times: Learning the Practice of Holistic Management

The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition (NGLC) and Nebraska Extension are hosting Tony Malmberg, on a four day, eight stop traveling road show across Nebraska. Tony Malmberg is a third-generation rancher and the recipient of many honors from agricultural organizations, environmental and wildlife interests, including the National Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen Beef Association. Tony demonstrates profitable ecological land use that adds value to his community. As founder and president of Ranchers Management Company, Tony managed ranch properties and consulted for individual ranches in the western United States for nearly twenty years.

Tony owned and operated Twin Creek Ranch, south of Lander, Wyoming, for 31 years. The ranch served as a laboratory for master’s thesis and other academic studies concerning the interaction of properly managed grazing and sage grouse habitat, wildlife friendly fence and migration, riparian habitat and migratory songbird population. Tony has been a practitioner of Holistic Management for nearly thirty years, is a Field Professional for the Savory Institute and serves as the Managing Member of the Holistic Holdings International, LLC, which promotes the large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Grasslands-LLC and is the Senior Regional Manager for the Northern Great Plains.

Tony and his wife, Andrea, sold their Wyoming ranch in 2009. They used the Holistic Decision Making Framework in selecting northeastern Oregon and now ranch the Ponderosa grasslands in Union county Oregon. They raise Beyond Organic Beef: Grown to Enhance the Land that Creates it and the People who Enjoy it. A key criteria of their search was to ranch in a place where they could live with and learn about salmon and their habitat. They have leased some of their water rights to The Freshwater Trust for Steelhead and Chinook Salmon habitat. Tony is delighted to be working for The Freshwater Trust as a Flow Restoration Manager, where he helps ranchers better manage their irrigation resource to supply salmon habitat.

Please join us to hear Tony Malmberg provide insight into Learning the Practice of Holistic Management including:
• The New Reality: Key insights turning range management upside down.
• How do we practice Holistic Management.
• How Holistic Management deals with complex systems like ecosystems, finance and social relations.
• Results of Holistic Planned Grazing.
• Planning, Testing and Assuming We are Wrong.
• Can a cowboy learn quality of life?
• “Getting grazing animals to the right place, at the right time, for the right reason, with the right behavior.”…Tony Malmberg


Monday, November 9, 2015
10 AM – 2 PM (MT time) Cheyenne Co. 4-H Building, Sidney, NE
Contact Aaron Berger, UNL Extension Office in Banner, Kimball and Cheyenne Counties
308 235 3122

5 PM – 9 PM (MT time) Chadron State College, Student Center, Chadron, NE
Contact Christi Yeatts-Sprague, UNL Extension Office in Dawes Co 308 432 3373

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM (MT time) Gudmundsen Sandhills Lab, Whitman, NE
Contact Bethany Johnston, UNL Extension Office in Central Sandhills Area
308 645 2267 or 800 657 2113

5 PM – 9 PM (Central time) Broken Bow Country Club, Broken Bow, NE
Contact Troy Walz, UNL Extension Office in Custer County 308 872 6831

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
10 AM – 2 PM (Central time) Life Long Learning Center, Northeast Community College, Norfolk, NE
Contact Debb Strate 402 844 7180

5 PM – 9 PM (Central time) Classic Restaurant (Beatrice Country Club), Beatrice, NE
Contact Patty Goes 402 239 6728 or 402 766 3627

Thursday, November 12, 2015
10 AM – 2 PM (Central time) Walnut Room, Platt Building, Central Community College, Hastings, NE
Contact Dale Bower 402 461 2430

5 PM – 9 PM (Central time) Nebraska Ag Industry Education Center, NCTA, Curtis, NE
Contact Kathy Burr, UNL Extension Office in Frontier County 308 367 4424 or 888 367 4424

Cost $15 which covers the cost of the meal. NGLC will pick up the cost of all student registrations. Must pre-register by November 4 to reserve a meal by calling the contact information indicated. Registrations will be taken until full. For more information, contact Ron Bolze, Coordinator, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, 402 321 0067 (cell) or ron@nebraskagrazinglands.org

The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition is an independent organization of ranchers, interest groups, and agencies whose mission is to collaborate on projects that improve the management and health of Nebraska grazing lands and ensure long-term stability of rangeland resources. The NGLC is funded through grants from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Nebraska Environmental Trust, and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.