BISMARCK – The North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition (NDGLC) will host its annual Summer Tour on June 29 at the Arrow Down Six Ranch, owned by Rob Kramer, near Denbigh. The Grazing Affair starts at 1 p.m. (CDT) and will bring together grazing management experts, mentors with experience implementing sustainable farming and ranching practices, and those interested in learning about these innovative ideas.
The Arrow Down Six Ranch focuses on holistically managing its economic, social and biological resources to improve the operation with minimal inputs. Kramer recognizes the importance of soil as a resource to the overall heath and productivity of the ranch. The tour will focus on fencing and grazing techniques, dung beetles, multi-species-grazing, and soil health.
The event features Robert Gordon of the Smithsonian Institute to share his personal research of dung beetles. Dr. Kevin Sedivec, NDSU Extension rangeland management specialist, will also share his insight on grassland regeneration.
The tour is open to the public and dinner will be provided ($20 suggested donation). An RSVP is required by June 21 at www.ndglc.com/events. Tour participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and walking and to bring water and bug spray.
NDGLC was organized by a grassroots group in 1996 to promote the health and regeneration of North Dakota’s 13.5 million acres of grazing lands. NDGLC believes that through voluntary actions, respect for private property rights, and education on the values and multiple benefits of well-managed grazing resources, these goals are achievable. For more information, visit ndglc.com.