I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the holiday season.
It has been quite an eventful year, especially professionally. In February, I co-organized a rancher-oriented session on sustainable grass-fed livestock production at the international Society for Range Management conference hosted by the Colorado Section in Denver. In April I left the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service after five good years to start my rangeland and ranch planning, monitoring, management and consulting business, Shining Horizons Land Management, LLC. A week later, Jenny accepted a full-time permanent position in the NRCS Kremmling Field Office, taking over my old desk and truck, as well as my house.
After visiting the Quivira Coalition's Red Canyon Ranch in Socorro, New Mexico, the Ranney Ranch in Corona, New Mexico, and the 47 Ranch in McNeal, Arizona, I started my first full-time ranch management job with Jim and Daniela Howell (of the Savory Institute) at the Howell Ranch, a seasonal custom grazing operation in Cimarron, Colorado, from May-October. I lived in a one-room cabin on the edge of an alpine meadow, irrigated, fixed fence, and kept most of over four hundred cattle where they were supposed to be.
Since then, I've been based out of Kremmling, staying with Jenny when I'm not on the road; worked a couple of stints with my good friends George Whitten and Julie Sullivan, raising organic grass-finished beef in Saguache, Colorado; and taken my tradeshow booth to the Quivira Coalition's Carbon Ranch conference, and the Colorado Section Society for Range Management and Colorado Division of Wildlife's Habitat Partnership Program annual meetings.