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Region: Brazil

Areas of Focus: Fellowships

In collaboration with: Alianca da Terra and Novo Santo Antonio Cattlemen Association (Apepasa)

In August of 2015 a team from the Institute traveled to Brazil, continuing the Novo Santo project (for more information NOVO SANTO ANTONIO PROJECT WITH ALIANCA DA TERRA), teach sustainable ranching methods to Brazilian cattlemen. The TCU team worked with partnering organizations, Alianca da Terra and the Novo Santo Antonio Cattlemen Association (Apepasa), to provide the cattlemen with cohesive educational and technical management information. Find below fellow Dustin Valusek’s (2015 graduate) accounts of his time in Brazil:



Institute of Ranch Management and the Novo Santo Antonio Project with Alianca da Terra

Report on Brazil Trip August 7th-August 19th

Teaching, participating, and implementing the TCU Ranch Management way to the Novo Santo Antonio producers in the remote region of Mato Grosso, Brazil was one of the greatest experiences to this point in my life. I want to express my gratitude to TCU, and Alianca da Terra for giving me the opportunity to be part of the team that makes a difference in so many parts of the world.

I honestly believe that we were effective in our teaching and courses. I believe most of the producers really liked when we went out to their ranches and walked through the stocking rate calculations with them. Most of them were understanding what we were trying to teach. I learned the importance of presenting calculations with confidence, since some things get lost in translation. We were effective in teaching and the whole group was very attentive.

It’s important to maximize the ranch visits to have more time with the producers which will help to gain more buy in and facilitate trust. Communication is a hindrance in the area due to few producers having a cell phone or internet access. I believe that it could be beneficial if one of the producers helps in the coordination of the ranch visits. I want to say that I enjoyed each and every producer, and wish we could spend more time with every one of them.

In conclusion I firmly believe the efforts for the project is making a difference in the lives of the people of Novo Santo Antonio. The group is leading by example and many other locals are reaching out for more information about what Alanca and TCU are bringing to the area. This also comes with opposition, as other groups have formed in the effort to bring like programs in targeting the producers of the NSA project. Going forward it will be exciting to see the progress of these producers through the completion of the project, and again I am extremely grateful and happy to make a difference.