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Gene Sollock & Workshop Opportunities

 Gene Sollock
January 16, 1927-September 2, 1016 
It is with great sadness that I must tell you that Gene Sollock passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully on September 2, 2016.  Our dear, dear friend and mentor has left us, but there is great joy in knowing that he is again with his beautiful wife Ruth.  Ruth passed away in 2015.  Gene left a legacy of hundreds of educated farmers and ranchers across the nation that adopted his method of raising and grazing cattle.  He touched so many people throughout his life as an educator.  His gift was teaching and he will be remembered long years from now.  Rest in peace my dear friend.  You are sorely missed.
For those that would like to remember Gene personally and share memories of him, please go to his tribute page at 

  About Gene Sollock    

Gene is a pioneer in producing grassfed beef and has grasses and clovers year-round.  Gene was producing grassfed beef long before its benefits became known.  As an Agriculture teacher in Conroe, Gene knew there must be a better way than dumping chemicals on his land and grain, hormones and antibiotics into his cattle, so he set out to find out how to do it naturally and has been for over 25 years.  His story is amazing and one that delights audiences across the nation with his history in grassfarming.  To this day, folks still don't believe it can be done!!   Because of Gene's wife's health he is not raising beef any more.  But, Star Haven Farms is blessed to have learned our skills at his knee.

One thing to always remember, don't be fooled by producers offering grassfed beef without green grass.   You must have green grasses/clovers to have the high antioxidants, vitamins and CLA in beef.  See our ordering page for complete details.

 I'm on the board of directors for the Bedias Creek Soil and Water Conservation District and we are dedicated to helping farmers and ranchers make the most of their land.  Each year the District puts on a workshop for small and large landowners to help the get the most out of their land.  This year's workshop will be held Friday, April 21st at the Kimbro Center in Madisonville.  Registration is $20 and includes lunch.  Whether you have 1 acre or 100, this workshop will be perfect for you!

Location:         Kimbro Center,  113 West Trinity, Madisonville, TX 77864


Registration: $20 per person will include noon meal 

Contact:        Bedias Creek Soil & Water Conservation District at the Madisonville USDA-NRCS at (936) 348-2173 if you have any questions or email 

8:30am         Registration Opens

8:50am         Welcome by the Bedias SWCD

9:00am         Soil Health, Pasture Health, Producer Health

NATHAN HAILE. Soil Health Specialist

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Temple, Texas


10:00am       G ras s Fe d Beef, Por k, Poultr y an d Egg. A Pr oducer ’s Persp ect ive.

JASON KRAMER. Owner/ Producer. Yonder Way Farm. Fayetteville, Texas


11:00am       Fire Ant Management

DR. PAUL R. NESTER, Ph.D. Extension Program Specialist IPM Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Houston, Texas


12:00-12:45 LUNCH. Visit Sponsor Exhibits


1:00pm          Fever Tick and other Livestock Veterinary Entomology

DR. SONJA SWIGER, PH.D. Veterinary/Medical Extension Entomologist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Stephenville, Texas


2:00pm          Grazing Management: High Intensity Operations in Action

JASON HOHLT. Rangeland Management Specialist.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Temple, Texas


3:00pm       Closing Comments and dismissed.

 Contact Kenda Mahaffey at (936) 348-2173 or email at: to preregister or if you need information or assistance in your agricultural project.

Aron Brackeen of Extraordinary Moments has spent weeks recording Gene Sollock's information and education on improving pastures, incorporating legumes into existing pastures, rotational grazing and raising beef without chemicals.  Aron has done installments on YouTube that can be reached by following the links below (Once the Youtube player starts, look at the bottom right corner of the video player under the Views and click the watch in high quality.):

1- Gene Sollock IMG: Episode 1 w/ Gene Sollock


Episode 1 Summary w/ Gene Sollock

2- Gene Sollock IMG: Episode 2 w/ Gene Sollock


Episode 2 Summary w/ Gene Sollock
-Condition the soil
-Cultivate beetles & earth worms
-Control parasites using apple cider vinegar

3- Gene Sollock IMG: Episode 3 w/ Gene Sollock


Episode 3 Summary w/ Gene Sollock
-How to do a soil test
-Helping the clover get started
-Have to rotate, rotate, rotate (!)

4- Gene Sollock IMG: Episode 4 w/ Gene Sollock


Episode 4 Summary w/ Gene Sollock
-Weather challenges
-What disc do to soil
-Why hay is not best
-Ways to use paddocks

5- Gene Sollock IMG: Episode 5 w/ Gene Sollock


Episode 5 Summary w/ Gene Sollock
-Problems with ponds
-Purpose of water points in paddocks
-Plan it out
-People reconsidering

6- Gene Sollock IMG: Episode 6 w/ Gene Sollock


Episode 6 Summary w/ Gene Sollock
-Meds and vaccines
-Managing loss
-Making the sale
-Message from the heart

7- Gene Sollock IMG: Episode 7 w/ Karen Hadaway


Episode 7 Summary w/ Karen Hadaway
-Realize you can farm
-Recommended resources
-Right way to start

8- Gene Sollock IMG: Episode 8 w/ Karen Hadaway


Episode 8 Summary w/ Karen Hadaway
-Water lines
-Ways to install them
-What to consider with electric fence

9- Gene Sollock IMG: Episode 9 w/ Karen Hadaway


Episode 9 Summary w/ Karen Hadaway
-Manure as Fertilizer
-Money Saved on Hay
-Microbes in the Soil
-Many Health Benefits

-Marketing grassfed beef

10-Gene Sollock IMG: Episode 10 w/ Tommy Carroll


Episode 10 Summary w/ Tommy Carroll
-Another convert of Gene's
-Alternative hog fence
-Abundance of clover

11-Gene Sollock IMG: Episode 11 w/ Tommy Carroll


Episode 11 Summary w/ Tommy Carroll
-Amounts of forage and H2O
-Acreage cleared
-Average rotation
-About time to start

* This concludes this series of the Gene Sollock Grassfed Paddock System episodes.