Steve Kenyon – January 2011

Steve Kenyon runs a custom grazing business in Alberta, Canada under the name of Greener Pastures Ranching Ltd. He currently runs just over 1200 head of livestock on 3500 acres of leased land. By using extended grazing techniques he is able to pasture some of these cattle year round. This is done by using a combination of intensive cell grazing, dormant season grazing, swath grazing, crop residue grazing and bale grazing. Steve has become well respected in the agriculture community for his business management and innovative ideas.

Steve is a grazing mentor through ARECA’s sustainable grazing mentorship program and he has developed and instructs the “Year Round Grazing Systems” Agricultural Business Management Course. This three-day course will take you right into design and planning of a year round grazing system.

Steve has been teaching sustainable grazing management for more than seven years and has been a keynote speaker at many conferences and seminars throughout Canada and the U.S. He is a writer for the Stockman Grass Farmer magazine and also for the Canadian Cattleman Magazine. He is a director for the Gateway Research Organization and on the executive board for the Agriculture Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA). Steve was chosen as one of the 5 cooperating producers in Alberta through ARECA’s “Year Round Grazing Demo” project, and nominated for the Outstanding Young Farmers Program. Steve has a very energetic personality, which compliments a very down to earth common sense approach to farm business management. Yet he is still just a producer and presents in a very honest and straightforward style.

The Mission statement of Greener Pastures is “Economic Sustainability for Generations”. It is important to Steve to provide an enjoyable, profitable and sustainable business for future generations. Steve believes that to be profitable in the long term, you must use sustainable agriculture practices. You have to work with Mother Nature, not against her. Greener Pastures is an environmentally sustainable ranch that improves the land. The focus is to maintain an effective water cycle, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle and mineral cycle. Our wildlife habitats and riparian areas need to be preserved. The health of our soils and our soil organisms needs to be understood and protected in order to ensure that our agricultural businesses remain profitable and sustainable.

If you are in need of a speaker for a conference or a seminar, Steve comes highly recommended and can be reached from his website, greenerpasturesgrazing.com.

We hope you enjoy this interview with Steve Kenyon as he gives information that will be helpful to any ranching operation. Be sure to type your questions in the comment area as you listen.

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