High Plains Ranch Practicum


A livestock program that provides producers skills and management expertise is again being offered beginning in June and ending in November.

The 2016 High Plains Ranch Practicum tools are needed in today’s complex ranching industry, said Dallas Mount, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

The eight-day, hands-on program is hosted by UW Extension in partnership with Laramie County Community College in the Cheyenne area. Enrollment is limited to 35, and participants must apply by June 3.

“Whether you have ranched all your life or are new to ranching, this school will teach you valuable skills for running a successful ranch,” said Mount, an instructor in the practicum.

“Dad taught us how to build a fence and feed a cow, but he didn’t teach us how to build a business that supports the people who are building the fence and feeding the cow,” said Mount.

The course provides ranchers tools to understand and integrate four areas of ranch management: range and forage resources, integrating nutrition and reproduction, cost-of-production analysis and family working relationships.

Mount said participants enjoy camaraderie with one another, instructors and facilitators, plus hands-on application of classroom principles over three seasons.

“Friendships and exchange of ideas are among the most-valued aspects of the program,” Mount said.

The $600 fee for individuals or $900 for couples covers materials, instructor costs and meals.  Producer participants who complete the course requirements receive a 33 percent tuition scholarship.

For more information or to apply, contact Mount at 307-322-3667 or dmount@uwyo.edu or visit the website at http://HPRanchPracticum.com.


Source:  University of Wyoming Extension

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