Walt Davis Author of ‘How to Not Go Broke Ranching’ on Grazing

How To Not Go Broke Ranching Author Walt Davis

Grazing

Walt Davis

on Grazing

Join me today for an interview with Oklahoma rancher Walt Davis. Walt made the transition from a high input, chemical laden and conventional ranch to a sustainable one that works with nature instead of against it. Walt is also the author of three books, two of which will be published shortly. He is also a 6th generation rancher and has a lot to share with our younger generations. Thank you

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 Transcription Summary

Hey everyone, Chris Stelzer from Agriculturalinsights. And if this is your first video that you’re viewing from me, what I do is I interview real farmers and ranchers so you can learn from them. And I’m here to summarize an interview I did with Walt Davis, who is a rancher from Oklahoma. Before I get to that, I just want to let you know, if you go to Agriculturalinsights.com/free I wrote a free, 40 page e-book on Mob Grazing. You can go over there and get it for free. All you do is put in your email, hit Submit and it’s shot right over to your email. So it’s really easy.But let’s get into the summary of the interview I did with Walt Davis. Walt Davis is an older rancher from Oklahoma, and he’s been ranching his entire life, since he was a boy. So he’s seen a lot in his time. And he went to university to get this degree in Ranch Management, I believe, or something closely associated with that. And went back home, started managing the family ranch and started doing all the things that the university recommended. And basically came really close to going bankrupt. You know, he was using a lot of fertilizer, using a lot of inputs, he had really big cows. His grazing management wasn’t really up to par. So it was a really high input operation. It was not a sustainable ranch, by any stretch of the imagination.And then, I think, he had a wake-up call due to some price drops and, you know, the cost of inputs that caused him to go, “Whoa”. I need to reexamine what I’m doing here.’ And he switched to holistic planned grazing, which is similar to, which is within holistic management that I’m sure some of you are familiar with. So basically, he built himself a low input ranch with the right kind of cattle, using grazing management and holistic planned grazing to plan out his grazing periods so he could be successful.But it’s a really fascinating interview. He talks about how using fertilizer was bad for his pastures. He talks about using chemical warmers and what that did to his ranch and the dung beetles and, so it’s a really informative interview. And if you want to listen to the rest of it you just follow the link below this video. I just thought I’d summarize it quickly for you all. And, yeah, it’s a, Walt Davis is one of the most prominent ranchers in America just because he started from a conventional standpoint and successfully made the switch to a sustainable type of agriculture. Which a lot of people out there have a hard time doing and they’re kinda fearful of that. But Walt did it. The interview explains how he did it. And yeah. So go over to Agriculturalinsights.com and you can type in Walt Davis in the search box or you can just follow the link right below this video. Thank you guys for watching. I’ll see you next time.

More info on Walt Davis and Grazing:

Walt Davis Ranch

How to Not Go Broke Ranching by Walt Davis – If you are going to buy the book please do so from his website so he can keep more of the money. Thank you.

Walt Davis Webinar Recording (for members only)

Singup below to get a free Mob Grazing eBook

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1386426506 Gary A Howie on Facebook

    Fantastic interview.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=195871000492591 Agricultural Insights on Facebook

    Thanks Gary I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • S S

    One of the best interviews I’ve heard.

    • http://www.agriculturalinsights.com Chris

      SS, thank you. That is great to hear that you enjoyed it!

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    S S commented on :

    One of the best interviews I’ve heard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=195871000492591 Agricultural Insights on Facebook

    SS, thank you. That is great to hear that you enjoyed it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9390499 Jesse R. Bussard on Facebook

    Good stuff, Chris!

  • B Jop

    Great interview! Walt Davis and Ian are my two favorites that you’ve put on your site. Thank you.

    • http://www.agriculturalinsights.com Chris

      Thanks for the kind words B. I really enjoyed this interview.

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    B Jop commented on :

    Great interview! Walt Davis and Ian are my two favorites that you’ve put on your site. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=195871000492591 Agricultural Insights on Facebook

    Thanks for the kind words B. I really enjoyed this interview.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=195871000492591 Agricultural Insights on Facebook

    Thanks Jesse R. Bussard I’m glad you liked it!

  • Greg Schwab

    Manegment = Money . Man of my own Heart.

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    Greg Schwab commented on :

    Manegment = Money . Man of my own Heart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002301551422 Heather Gordon on Facebook

    Wise words from a wise man!

    • http://www.agriculturalinsights.com Chris

      Indeed. There is so much to learn from older ranchers who have been doing this their whole life. Thanks for listening Heather.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=195871000492591 Agricultural Insights on Facebook

    Indeed. There is so much to learn from older ranchers who have been doing this their whole life. Thanks for listening Heather.

  • http://regengraze Jim Elizondo

    Very good ! I like when he talks of weaning himself off wormers and fertilizers as I also did the same in 1992 and have been free since.
    Like the man !

    • http://www.agriculturalinsights.com Chris

      Jim thank you. It’s great that you enjoyed the interview! Thanks for stopping by.

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    Jim Elizondo commented on :

    Very good ! I like when he talks of weaning himself off wormers and fertilizers as I also did the same in 1992 and have been free since.
    Like the man !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=195871000492591 Agricultural Insights on Facebook

    Jim thank you. It’s great that you enjoyed the interview! Thanks for stopping by.

  • rowdy

    A very wise man . I was wondering what his management system is for mesquite trees ? I live in the same part of the world as Walt and it is a costly thing to keep a place clean . also he mentioned
    Dr Hazzard he would be around 90 if he is still around but what a wonderful guest if you could get him
    It would be a shame to miss a chance to talk with someone as wise as
    Gordon Hazzard

    walt

    walt

    • http://www.agriculturalinsights.com Chris

      I think his management for mesquite trees is to get goats or sheep. Fighting mother nature is expensive in time, money and energy.

  • http://www.regengraze.com Jim Elizondo

    I second the motion for an interview with Gordon Hazard which I believe has a lot to teach us

    • http://www.agriculturalinsights.com Chris

      I will try and get a hold of him, thanks guys!

  • http://www.pearlsnapblog.com/ Jesse

    Chris…this is by far the best interview YET! Walt Davis rocks. I really want to meet him.

    • http://www.agriculturalinsights.com Chris

      Thanks for the kind words Jesse. Walt was very generous to do this and I thank him! I’m getting such a positive response from this interview. Thanks to everyone who listened and shared.

  • Ted Chastko

    Such a great bit of information and ideas about getting started with planned grazing and profits. Good example of paradigm shifting and how not to worry about what others think.

  • Loren

    Hey Chris,

    Thanks for having Walt on. Nothing like hearing country wisdom. He confirmed everything I’ve been thinking about with the small ranch I work on.

    Loren

    • http://www.agriculturalinsights.com Chris

      Loren, thanks for listening, glad you liked it! It’s always nice to get confirmation from another person of what you are doing.

  • Sharon

    Some of this reminded me of stuff I’ve read from the Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka author of One Straw Revolution. There are many differences as well, but I find the similarities interesting.
    I am not a rancher or anything like that, but I saw a link to this posted on facebook and decided to listen. I am glad I did as it was very interesting and informative and just makes so much sense.

    • http://www.agriculturalinsights.com Chris

      Sharon,

      Thanks for stopping by I’m glad you enjoyed it.