2022 Rural Resilience Webinar Series: Reviving and Restoring desert landscapes with livestock

7:00 PM

April 21, 2022


7 p.m., Thursday, April 21 | Reviving and Restoring desert landscapes with livestock with Allen Williams and Alejandro Carrillo

Allen Williams is a 6th generation family farmer and founding partner of Grass Fed Insights, LLC, Understanding Ag, LLC and the Soil Health Academy. He has consulted with more than 4000 farmers and ranchers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, and other countries, on operations ranging from a few acres to over 1 million acres.

Allen pioneered many of the early regenerative grazing protocols and forage finishing techniques and now teaches those practices and principles to farmers globally. He is a “recovering academic”, having served 15 years on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University and Mississippi State University. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Livestock Genetics from LSU. He has authored more than 400 scientific and popular press articles, and is an invited speaker at regional, national, and international conferences and symposia.

After a successful career as an IT consultant in the US and other countries in the Americas and Europe, Alejandro Carrillo joined his family ranch back in 2004. Tired of the constant drought and suffering that comes with traditional ranching in the Chihuahuan desert, he searched for better ways to do things.

Since 2006, he adapted the principles of Holistic Planed Grazing Management to his ranch.

The change from continuous grazing to planned grazing brought many challenges as well as positive results, such as being able to increase his carrying capacity three times while lowering his inputs. The first thing for Alejandro was to educate himself on holistic, regenerative, and profitable ways of ranching in sync with Nature.

He and his colleagues travelled to Argentina, Africa, Australia and the US to learn from successful ranchers. Alejandro is also the president of Pasticultores del Desierto, a non-profit organization which goal is to provide on-going education for cattle ranchers as well as promote Holistic Planned Grazing across the world’s deserts.

Pasticultores del Desierto means the culture of desert grasslands. Alejandro’s credo is to mimic and respect Nature to stay and thrive in the cattle business. Alejandro holds a BS in Computer Science from the Monterrey Tech, and MS in Technical Management from the Johns Hopkins University.

Learn more about Alejandro and Allen’s journey and efforts together at https://holisticmanagement.org/blog/chihuahuan-desert-grasslands-mexico-video/.

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