Dauphin Open Gate Learning Day, September 22

Title: Cultivating Healthy Ecosystems and Food With Grazing

Date: September 22, 2016

Location: Ron Moss Farm, Dauphin, Manitoba


This learning day will be lead by Certified Educator Blain Hjertaas, with talks by HM consultant Pam Iwanchycko and the owners of Ron Moss Farm.


Thursday September 22, 2016
9:30 am Registration/Check-In
10:00 am HMI Welcome and Introductions – B. Hjertaas
10:30 am Decision Testing Exercise – B. Hjertaas
11:30 am How the Farm Makes Decisions – R. Moss
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 am Planned Grazing – P. Iwanchycko
1:30 pm Soil Heath and Carbon Sequestration – B. Hjertaas
2:00 pm Farm Tour, Forage & Monitoring Exercises – P. Iwanchycko & B. Hjertaas
3:45 pm Q & A, Evaluations
4:00 pm Adjourn

Directions to the farm:

From Dauphin, take Highway #20 north towards Winnipegosis, 5 miles north to Road 151.  Turn west on Road 151 and go 1.5 miles west.  The Ron Moss farm is located on the south side of the road across from Dauphin Plains Seed Service.


Blain Hjertaas:

Blain Hjertaas has 15 years of practical experience using Holistic Management running own grass operation. This year, in conjunction with son Martin, they have 350 ewes to lamb and custom graze 150 pairs of cows. They have a small scale poultry operation on grass as well. Blain has a passion for carbon sequestration, and has many sites in Western Canada that he is monitoring. He has given many talks over the years from teaching at University of Manitoba to half hour sessions on how grass grows.

Pam Iwanchycko:

Pam was born and raised in the Sifton area, approximately 20 miles North of Dauphin, Manitoba.  Growing up she always knew she wanted to be involved in agriculture in some capacity.

Pam completed her undergraduate degree in Agriculture at the University of Manitoba majoring in Animal Science and then continued on to complete her Master’s degree at the University of Saskatchewan in ruminant nutrition.

Following the completion of these educational goals she was offered a position with Manitoba Agriculture based in the Ste. Rose Ag office where she began her consulting career as a Forage and Livestock Technician.  Pam then had the opportunity to pursue some traveling goals and worked in Ukraine for 6 months on the Forage and Beef Development project through a CIDA funded project teaching students about extension and forage and beef production on developing private farms there.  Following her return she was moved into the Forage Specialist position based out of the Dauphin Agriculture office where she continues in a consulting capacity.

Pam has three children with her husband Gary: Alexander(15), Oksana(13) and Talia(10) and lives on an acreage outside of Dauphin to provide a “rural” farm environment to their children as they grown up.  Pam is a very strong advocate for Holistic Management and promotes the practices as much as she can through her work.

Pam Iwanchysko can be reached at:

Manitoba Agriculture
27-2nd Ave SW
Dauphin, Manitoba R7N 3E5
Phone (204) 648-3965
Fax (204) 638-2854
E-mail  pamela.iwanchysko@gov.mb.ca

Ron Moss, Farm Owner

Ron Moss is the owner of Moss Farms and has been using the Holistic Management Framework to make decisions on his farm for years.  He will be explaining how Holistic Management has influenced his decision making process and how it has created positive outcomes on his farm.

Supporting Organizations:

Holistic Management International

Government of Manitoba


Manitoba Grazing Clubs

Young Agrarians

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