High Plains Ranch Practicum Accepting Applications

New High Plains Practicum applications due for 2011-12 class.

Published on: Mar 16, 2011

One of the most comprehensive ranching programs will be available again in a 2011-12 class.

The High Plains Practicum, a national award-winning Extension livestock program, will begin classes this June and run through Jan., 2012.

The Practicum is an in-depth management school hosted jointly by the University of Wyoming and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Service.

Eight days of classes will be offered this year with many hands-on educational programs designed to give participants the skills and application of management tools needed to be successful in today's complex ranching industry, explains Dallas Mount, UW Extension educator and an instructor in the program.

Sessions will be held at UW's James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle, Wyo., and at UN's Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff, Neb.

Applicants must register by April 29. The $600 fee for individuals or $900 for couples covers materials, instructor costs and meals. Producer participants who complete the course requirements will receive a 50% tuition scholarship.

The course will focus on four major theme areas:

Range and forage resources

• Integration of nutrition and reproduction

• Cost of production analysis

• Family working relationships

"Ranchers able to integrate these four areas into decision making will find they can use a systems approach  to improve the sustainability of ranch operations," says Aaron Berger, UN-L Extension educator and an instructor at the sessions.

Participants will be presented the latest research reports in range livestock production, financial management and marketing systems from nationally-known authorities.

The Practicum is limited to 35 registrants.

For additional information or to obtain an application, contact Mount at (307) 322-3667 or by e-mail at dmount@uwyo.edu.  A website is provided at http://HPRanchPracticum.com.