A national award-winning livestock Extension program is offered again this year by the University of Wyoming.
The High Plains Ranch Practicum School is an in-depth ranch management program hosted jointly by UW and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Services.
The 8-day course provides five hands-on sessions to give participants the skills and application techniques needed to be successful in today's complex ranching industry, explains Dallas Mount, UW Extension educator, an instructor in the school.
The practicum begins in June and continues through January of next year. Sessions will be held at the UN-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center and at UW's 3,400-acre Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle, Wyo.
The course focuses on giving ranchers tools to understand and integrate four areas of ranch management: range and forage resources, range beef cow production, unit cost of production and risk management.
"Ranchers able to integrate these four areas into decision-making will find they can use a systems approach to improve the sustainability of the ranch operation," says Aaron Berger, UN-Lincoln Extension educator and an instructor.
Participants will benefit from instruction and current research in range livestock production, financial management and marketing systems from nationally-recognized instructors, says Berger.
"Friendships and exchanges of ideas among participants will be some of the most valued aspects of the program," says Mount. "High-quality educational materials are used in the program and include software, notebooks and laminated field guides and an outstanding collection of university publications," he adds.
The program, limited to 35 participants, has a May 1 sign-up deadline, and requires a $600 fee for materials, instructors and meal costs. Scholarships are available, and a grant has been applied for to offset a significant portion of the registration fee.
The school is a Farm Service Agency-approved effort.
For information and applications, contact Berger at (308) 235-3122 or on line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mount may also be contacted at (307) 322-3667 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
There is also a Web site with additional information at HPRanchPracticum.com.