ColoradoBiz Magazine interviewed the Flying Diamond Ranch on sustainable ranching business practices for their Colorado's Top 50 Family Companies January/February 2019 issue.
“We’re land managers, not cattle managers,” Jean Johnson says. “There’s a mental switch that occurs when you think your crop is grass. If you call yourself a cattle ranch, all you see are cows.”
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“We hope we are building soil health,” says Charlie’s sister, Jen Livsey, who lives in Wheat Ridge but oversees the ranch’s rotational grazing plan and, like all family members, participates in periodic work weekends at the ranch. “Healthy land is a carbon sink and a water sponge.”
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The Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) provides an opportunity for the beef industry to showcase the stewardship, conservation and business practices that work together on farms and ranches.
ESAP is generously sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation
“It’s all about cattle, ranch and family,” says patriarch Scott Johnson. “My family all along has understood what we really have out here, the natural resources we’ve been entrusted with. It’s pretty special, and if you work with it and you listen it’ll take care of you and we’ll be well prepared for the next generation.”
The Flying Diamond Ranch won the Region V award July 2017 and is in the running for national award announced at the NCBA conference in Phoenix January 2018
Accepting the award July 13 2017 at the NCBA Summer Convention in Denver, Colorado.
The Leopold Conservation Award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation
In partnership with NRCS, Flying Diamond Ranch implemented a rotational grazing system supported by an extensive pipeline and fencing infrastructure, providing control of herd impact to reach the levels of range improvement they need.
Conservation practices have led to improved production levels, health and fertility in their land and cattle
Using their digital data library, the Johnsons can identify variations in historical averages, allowing them to quantify grass deficits and surpluses while responsibly adjusting their stocking rates