High Plains Ranch Practicum Coming to Gillette

A national award-winning livestock extension program is being offered near Gillette beginning in June and ending in January. The High Plains Ranch Practicum School is an in-depth, ranch management school hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and University of Wyoming Extension.

Enrollment is limited to 35. Participants must submit an application form by May 3.

For more information or to obtain an application, contact UW Extension educator Dallas Mount at 307-322-3667 or dmount@uwyo.edu, or visit the website at http://HPRanchPracticum.com.

"The High Plains Ranch Practicum is an eight-day, four-session, hands-on educational program designed to give participants the skills and application of management tools needed to be successful in today's complex ranching industry" said Mount, an instructor in the program.

Sessions are at the Spellman Ranch approximately 30 minutes north of Gillette near Spotted Horse. The hands-on experiences combined with time in the classroom help solidify concepts learned in the practicum,said Mount.

The course focuses on providing 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.

"Ranchers able to integrate these four areas into decision making will find they can use a systems approach to improve the long-term profitability of the ranch operation," said instructor Aaron Berger of UN-L Extension.

Mount said attendees enjoy the 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 and covers materials, instructor costs and meal expenses. Due to support through a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Grant, producers who complete course requirements receive a 50-percent tuition scholarship.

Source: UW Extension

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