High Plains Ranch Practicum Taking Applications for 2015-16 Sessions

April 22, 2015 07:28 AM
High Plains Ranch Practicum Taking Applications for 2015-16 Sessions

A national award-winning livestock extension program is again being offered for 2015-2016 beginning in May and ending in February.

The High Plains Ranch Practicum is an eight-day, hands-on educational program hosted by the University of Wyoming Extension and designed to give participants the skills and application of management tools needed in today’s complex ranching industry, said Dallas Mount, UW Extension educator.

Session locations this year include near Ucross and Glendo. Enrollment is limited to 35. Participants must apply by May 15. For additional information or an application, contact Mount at 307-322-3667 or dmount@uwyo.edu or visithttp://HPRanchPracticum.com.

“If you have ranched all your life, or if you are new to ranching, this school will teach valuable, necessary 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 generates an economic profit and supports the people who are building the fence and feeding the cow.”

The class is divided between classroom work and hands-on application of the principles to solidify concepts learned in the practicum, he said.

The course will provide 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 attendees enjoy camaraderie with other participants, instructors and facilitators throughout the three seasons of the practicum.

“Friendships and exchanges of ideas among participants will be some of the most-valued aspects of the program,” he said. “High-quality educational materials are used in the program and include software, notebooks with laminated field guides and an outstanding collection of university publications.”

There is a $600 fee for individuals or $900 for a couple that covers materials, instructor costs and meal expenses. Producer participants who complete the course requirements will receive a 33-percent tuition scholarship.

Source: University of Wyoming Extension

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