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Land EKG in AB

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I have not been to, but am aware of this group. They do a really good job. Unfortunately I can't attend, but I would be interested to hear from those who do.


News Release – June 27, 2011

Coming soon: A Land EKG Workshop
Learn how to monitor and keep the heart of your operation healthy!

This summer, on July 26th, we’re going to have the pleasure of hosting Charley Orchard from Land EKG, one of North America’s leader’s in teaching farmers and ranchers the skills to monitor the health of their pastures and rangelands. Workshops will also be hosted by our sister organizations, Foothills Forage & Grazing Association (FFGA) on July 25th, Battle River Research Group (BRRG) on July 27th, Lakeland Agricultural Research Association (LARA) on July 28th and West Central Forage Association (WCFA) on July 29th.
Fourth generation Wyoming rancher Charley Orchard was directly involved in all phases of his family's private and public land ranching business. Through his first-hand experience on the land and his Master’s Degree project on alternative resource management practices, Charley saw the need for a simple and time efficient way to track land condition over time to help make management decisions – that ranchers can do on their own. This became the inspiration for Land EKG Monitoring.™
Land EKG Inc. based in Bozeman, Montana, helps land stewards to optimize profit and ecological soundness of their business and properties. Although they specialize in rangeland monitoring and ranch management planning, Land EKG is best known for its training and educational workshops. Throughout North America, various groups of private, conservation, and public land managers attend EKG workshops to gain the field skills and technical knowledge to monitor and more profitably enhance their pasture, riparian, and habitat areas.
Since 1996, Land EKG has gained a track record of providing exceptional value to ranch and land management organizations. The results have been seen with a recent number of state and national environmental stewardship awards to active participants. Economically, the benefits of Land EKG Monitoring include enhanced animal health and conception rates, fewer weeds, increased production, improved habitat, better wildlife, and higher profit. For management and policy issues, Land EKG bridges common ground among stakeholders and effectively documents, verifies, and can even protect landowner property rights.
In recent news, Land EKG has developed EKG DataStore, accessed through the web page: www.landekg.com . This Internet-served technology is a secure, field data and image storage application allowing landowners to quickly enter, report, and communicate rangeland conditions over time. EKG DataStore has become an invaluable tool for public and non-government land managers seeking better reporting and verification capabilities on privately managed and leased land situations.
Last summer, Peace Country Beef & Forage Association (PCBFA), and some of their counterparts in the Peace, hosted Charley Orchard for three workshops in their region. These workshops were so well received that PCBFA Manager, Jaime Borduzak-Semple, recommended bringing Charley to Alberta again for a workshop tour.
Land EKG’s practical one-day workshop is designed for laypersons, ranchers or land managers seeking the building blocks of range ecology and grazing monitoring. Training covers the benefits of ecological monitoring and grass/grazing processes. Stimulating discussion and hands-on field exercises allow participants to determine rangeland production, proper stocking rates, scoring of grazing practices, and management options. Exercises using EZ-EKG field cards will give participants the skills to rate and document ecological health, function, and pasture condition at temporary short-term monitoring plots. This is a good foundational course for anyone interested or involved in land management and seeking monitoring skills to apply on many landscapes.

Participants will gain first-hand knowledge of:
1. The value gained from using monitoring information
2. The 7 most practical types of monitoring to begin right away
3. Techniques to score grazing practices
4. Energy Flow calculations (Forage Production)
5. Production Budgets
6. Grazing Budgets
7. Rapid Ecological Evaluation skills
8. How to interpret and take action from monitoring results

Participants will leave with a packet of materials:
1. Handouts of major subjects covered during workshop
2. Grazing Index Cards
3. Field Production / Grazing Budget Cards
4. Site Monitoring EKG Cards
5. Efficient Grazing Cage Designs

Grey Wooded Forage Association and Mountain View County will be hosting the Land EKG Workshop on July 26th near Olds, Alberta. This afternoon/evening event will start at 1:30 PM and finish up about 8:30 to 9:00 PM.
The registration fee will be only $40 for close to seven hours of instruction and practice. This is a really good deal as Land EKG usually charges $160 per participant for this workshop. Participants should expect to spend lots of time out in the pasture. Supper and refreshments will be included.
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Who ever can go, it is worth the effort. Charlie and Barry Adams would see eye to eye on the subject matter.
 

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BMR - how about you come and AI cows and I will go and take good notes for you? :lol:
 

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RSL said:
BMR - how about you come and AI cows and I will go and take good notes for you? :lol:


If you're going to depend on BMR for that job you had just as well both go. :wink: :p :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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