Pasture Walk Tours
3752 106 Street Northeast, Bismarck, ND 58503
Brown’s Ranch is owned and operated by Gabe and Shelly Brown along with their son Paul. The Ranch practices Holistic Management with an emphasis on soil health. The highly diversified ranch consists of 5,000 acres of cropland, native and tame pastures. High stock density grazing, biological primers (cover crops), cash grain crops, beef cows, stocker cattle, sheep, laying hens, broilers, turkeys and ducks are used as tools to regenerate their natural resources.
5705 Highway 1806, Fort Rice, ND 58554
Ken and Bonnie Miller of Fort Rice, ND, run an management intensive grazing system consisting of 38 paddocks on 1200 acres of rugged native rangeland along the Missouri River cut banks. A custom grazing herd consisting of 120-130 cow/calf pairs are run in this system.
The Miller's own herd consists of 100 head of smaller framed cow/calf pairs, and the yearlings to be grass finished. This herd is run on a very intensive grazing system on irrigated pastures and river bottom land. On the Miller operation all dry land and irrigated fields are planned to be seeded back to grass and legume mixes.
The first tour stop will be at the irrigated pastures. The participants will have the opportunity to see grass finished steers and a look at the grazing system. The next stop will be at the custom grazing herd on the native grazing system.
Pre-registration is required, register here. The buses will depart from the Ramkota Best Western Plus hotel at 7:30 am and return around 6:30 pm. It is $40 per person to ride the provided bus ride and lunch. Short presentations will occur during the bus ride.
If you do not want to ride the bus but would still like to participate in the tours, that is fine as well. The tours and lunch will be $20. Contact us for any other questions.
Tuesday, Aug. 20
|7:30am||Load Buses at Ramkota Inn|
|8:45am||Arrive at Miller Ranch|
|9:00am||Ranch Overview, Ken Miller|
|9:15am||Holistic Management, Joshua Dukart|
|9:30am||Grazing Irrigate Pastures, Ken Miller |
View irrigated pastures being used for grass finishing
|10:15am||Load Buses/Depart to Next Stop|
|10:30am||Native Rangeland, Ken Miller & Doug Peterson |
Tour and discussion of a native rangeland ecosystem
|11:30am||Load Buses/Depart to Brown's Ranch|
|12:30pm||Lunch at Brown's Ranch|
|1:30pm||Dr. Allen Williams, Todd Churchill & John Wood |
Live grass finished beef display and discussion with industry representatives
|2:15pm||Ranch Overview, Gabe & Paul Brown|
|2:30pm||Soil Health and Why It Matters, Gabe Brown & Abe Collins |
Slake and infiltration demonstrations by Jay Fuhrer
|3:45pm||Biological Primers (Cover Crops): The How and the Why, Gabe Brown & Gail Fuller|
|4:45pm||High Stock Density Grazing, Paul Brown & Neil Dennis |
View grazing of cover crops, discuss fencing, BRIX, dung beetles and more
|6:00pm||Load Buses and Return to Ramkota Inn|