The Kreisler family of Oak Knoll Ranch, Salem, is one of the regional winners in the 17th annual Environmental Stewardship Award Program. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association award program recognizes cattle operations that are proven stewards of the land, dedicated to natural resource conservation through the use of innovative, cost effective stewardship practices.
Located in south-central Missouri, Oak Knoll Ranch was nominated by the Top of the Ozarks. They were selected from entries submitted within NCBA's Region III, which includes Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
"The Kreisler family demonstrates how today's cattle operations can utilize cooperative partnerships to problem-solve while maintaining an environmentally-friendly business," says Dave Petty, chairman of the selection committee
Leon and Helen Kreisler own and operate Oak Knoll Ranch, a 100-head commercial Angus cow-calf operation that runs on 360 owned acres and 120 acres on long-term lease. In addition to cattle and timber production, the Kreislers also provide limited hunting leases.
A partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation provided the initial funding to set up a grazing system. They have spent years utilizing Natural Resources Conservation Service technical assistance in designing a water system and prescribed burns. The Kreislers became one of the organizing members of the Advanced Graziers Group, a multi-county producer-driven network.
The Kreislers are now in the running for the 2007 National ESAP Award. It will revealed at the 2008 Cattle Industry Convention in Reno, Nev., next February.
For additional information on ESAP, contact NCBA's Washington D.C. office at 202-347-0228, or visit www.beefusa.org.