Cattle Rancher, Valle Colombia, Coahuila, Mexico
Vice-President, Pasticultores del Desierto, Mexico
Octavio Bermudez was born a cattleman, but only after graduating in Business Administration from the University of TEC de Monterrey he took on the management of his family ranch, Valle Colombia, a 70,000 acre ranch, becoming a third-generation rancher. He was influenced by his father, Octavio Bermudez Sr., and grandfather Bill Finan, both great cattlemen. Fortunately, his grandfather, understood the need for genetics that would thrive on grass in his ranch and closed his Hereford herd by the late 1950’s. By 1979 he became one of Allan Savory’s first client’s in North America and implemented holistic management because he saw it as the solution to improve his pastures.
For Octavio, growing up terms like holistic management, and selecting cattle that adapted and thrived on a grass only diet were normal, the only time it was O.K. to feed hay, was to finish an animal that was going to slaughter or cows that were being milked. For this reason, he has been able to continue with the legacy and responsibility of managing Valle Colombia where he lives with his wife and two children.
Recently Octavio Bermudez joined Pasticultores del Desierto and participated in the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification for the CRIC15 in 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya and CRIC16 in Ordos, China.