Beef Butchery Learning Session
Mon Nov 18 | 9am – 5pm | Three Sisters Kitchen
$50 SWGLA Members / $100 Non-SWGLA Members
In this all day in-person learning experience, we will use a butchery demo to guide producers through meaningful knowledge about variations in carcass breakdown, cutout and options for cut choices that both maximize full carcass utilization while highlighting the benefits of grassfed practices. We will cover calculating yield during butchery and processing in depth, from live weight through cut-out decisions and how best to weigh your options in marketing various cuts. In the second half of the day, we will investigate various cuts from the morning’s butchery in a flavor profiling exercise based on curriculum developed by the Good Meat Project. Cooking various cuts and examining them for flavor, tenderness and carcass utilization via a blind tasting, we will compare and contrast muscles and discuss pros and cons of choices for cutout based on various customer groups (consumers, chefs, butcher shops). This course is designed to empower both current and emerging grassfed beef producers — those whom are currently direct marketing meat and looking to refine or deepen skills, as well as livestock producers not yet selling product direct. We also invite chefs to participate to hone their knowledge of butchery, cuts, and the rancher reality. Lunch is included.
Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Train-the-Trainer Workshop
American Farmland Trust has developed a performance-based curriculum to give agricultural educators and service providers practical knowledge and skills to effectively deliver land access trainings. Through innovative teaching concepts and a skills-based learning process designed for maximum learner retention, this training will train trainers to assist beginning farmers and ranchers with gaining access to land and securing land tenure. Through an introduction to the curriculum and a demonstration of the lesson plan on financial readiness, participants will gain knowledge of the full curriculum with tools, resources, worksheets and activities that will assist them in offering workshops to beginning farmers and ranchers with the goal of success in agriculture.
Energy Enterprises on the Ranch Workshop
Tues Nov 19 | 8am – 12pm | Old Town Farm
During this workshop, Soil Value Exchange and PetroValues will explore and expand on the energy enterprises they’re implementing on working lands as a way to diversify income streams for ranchers and farmers. After introductory presentations from both businesses, workshop attendees will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions for a deeper dive into the work of either Soil Value Exchange or PetroValues.
Soil Value Exchange Breakout Session:
Soil Value Exchange is a public benefit limited liability company helping to reverse climate change by paying ranchers and farmers to restore soil health across America’s hundreds of millions of acres of grazing lands. They bring together landowners who store carbon in their soil with a network of buyers willing to purchase that carbon storage. Through Soil Value Exchange, farmer and ranchers get access to a network of expert ranchers and grazing consultants, free soil measurements, and the opportunity to create a new revenue stream on their land. Join Dr. Henk Mooiweer as he shares more information about soil carbon storage and why/how farmers and ranchers are getting involved.
PetroValues Breakout Session:
PetroValues is an oil and gas marketplace that gives landowners the resources of an oil and gas company. PetroValues consists of numerous oil and gas professionals—such as reservoir engineers, geologists, landmen, and others—who help provide resources to mineral owners that aren’t typically offered. Reba Epler and Yoann Hispa will cover mineral rights and leases, getting the best deal, oil/gas/carbon dioxide/water pipelines, water sales, surface use and damage agreements, and any other relevant topics for the audience.
*Silicon Ranch Corporation will no longer be participating in this session, as previously advertised.
Bringing Meat to Market: A Supply Chain Primer
Tues Nov 19 | 1 – 5pm | Old Town Farm
The Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance is proud to present this workshop as part of a new initiative to provide original programming to the community of ranchers and meat business operators in the region. The workshop will provide an introduction to the basics and exploration of the nuances of the middle supply chain elements of a grassfed meat business: everything that happens from the moment of harvest until it leaves your hands as sellable product.
During the workshop, we will cover calculating yield during butchery and processing in depth, from live weight through cut-out decisions and how best to weigh your options in marketing various cuts. We will take a look at a few proprietary tools to work with to make the process simple. We will also discuss the integrity of your processor relationship, and review the soft skills, collaboration and creative ideas necessary to cultivating a successful raport. Lastly, we will briefly review inventory management tactics as well as touch on next steps for educating, savvy sales and pricing strategies as a preview for upcoming in-depth SWGLA courses to be taught on these topics in early 2020.
This course is geared towards producers and industry stakeholders wanting a general introduction to the meat supply chain in order to understand the various considerations for operating meat program. It is appropriate for beginner or experienced producers who want to develop or refine skills and knowledge, specifically those looking most to improve practices around yield tracking and processing realities.
Snout to Tail Barbeque and Barn Dance
Wed Nov 20 | 6 – 8:30pm | Old Town Farm
This year, we will again join forces with the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance for a very special evening celebrating local and grassfed meats. The evening will offer slow cooked beef, pork, and lamb, as well as classic barbecue sides made from local produce served in the country atmosphere of the Old Town Farm, just blocks away from this year’s venue! We will feature local beer on tap and live music in the barn. Proceeds from the event will go towards a new SWGLA rancher-led webinar series focused on supporting grassfed producers.
Career Connection: An Agricultural & Environmental Job Fair
Thurs Nov 21 | 5:30 – 6:30pm | Hotel Albuquerque
Free and open to the public! | Registration at the Door
Calling all beginner ranchers, farmers, and land managers seeking jobs and employers/mentors seeking to hire! Career Connection, an agricultural and environmental career fair, connects established producers and land managers with the next generation of land stewards who will grow our food and manage our working lands. Career Connection is hosted by the Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program, the Rio Grande Farmers Coalition, and the National Young Farmers Coalition. Employers and mentors include private ranches and farms, conservation groups, food advocacy organizations, government agencies, land-use service consultants, and related private-sector businesses. Job seekers include qualified, enthusiastic beginning ranchers, farmers, and land advocates in search of opportunity. At the event, employers and mentors will be stationed at tables, where details about their business, apprenticeship, job announcement, and other relevant information will be available. Job seekers then travel around the tables to learn about the opportunities available. Career Connection is free and open to all! Join in the fun, make new connections, and find new opportunities!
Employers/mentors who want to participate in Career Connection must register for a free table space. To register for a free table space, please email your job description to Arielle (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jill (email@example.com).
Food is Medicine (Keynote Event)
Thurs Nov 21 | 7 – 8:30pm | Hotel Albuquerque
$10 (free for conference attendees) | Registration at the Door
Food is medicine, but much of what is produced in commercial agriculture comes with the burden of sometimes poisonous inputs, reduced nutritional value, and many other health risks. Connecting how we treat our working lands, how we produce our food, the food choices we make, and human health can be a complex puzzle to understand. Join us for a conversation about the connections between agriculture, conservation, soil health, and human health. Panelists are Michael Graziano, Diane Rogers, and Allison Sosna. This powerhouse panel of experts will discuss their work in nutrition, public health, advocacy, and more.
Keyline Design for Wetland Restoration
Friday Nov 22 | 8:30am – 12:30pm | Hotel Albuquerque
Free! | Registration in person at the door
Building upon 17 years of successful riparian and wetland restoration in the Comanche Creek Watershed of Carson National Forest, the Quivira Coalition is currently using innovative techniques that incorporate Keyline Design principles with Natural Channel Design to treat 40 eroded and degraded acres in the Holman Creek drainage. This one-of-a-kind project offers the opportunity to innovate, test, document, and share both tested and new methods to spread water over large areas, in conjunction with those used previously in the watershed to stabilize degraded stream channels.
During the workshop, Bill Zeedyk, Jeffrey Adams, Jan-Willem Jansens, Mark Reineke, Emile Sawyer, Margie Tatro, and Comanche Creek project coordinator Mollie Walton will share lessons learned and summarize Keyline Design principles as applicable in general to restoration of headwater slope wetlands. Funding for this workshop is provided by the New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau, Wetlands Program.
Veterinary Homeopathy Workshop
Friday Nov 22 | 8:30am – 12:30pm | Hotel Albuquerque
Profitable Regenerative Grazing: A full-day interactive working session to increase your ranching financial health
Friday Nov 22 | 8:30am – 4pm | Hotel Albuquerque
Take a deeper dive into your regenerative grazing enterprise with a full panel of experienced Holistic Management Certified Educators and practitioners to help you improve financial results. Get individualized help with your toughest financial challenges as HMI’s team leads interactive and small group sessions on: planning for profit, gross profit analysis, livestock production planning, innovative cost savings, income generation, and financially viable infrastructure to support regenerative grazing practices. Lunch included.
Getting to the Root of Quality Food Production
Friday Nov 22 | 1:30 – 4:30pm | Hotel Albuquerque
How do soil microbial synergies affect the above ground; both in quality and in species? How do soil microbes affect the quality and the types of plant species that germinate? Join Nicole Masters for this 3-hour workshop and do a deep dive into the soil microbiome, plant tissue testing and animal health! Learn how you can read and influence the microbial signals to produce top-quality nutrient dense foods.