3-day, hands-on workshop for ranchers wanting to sharpen their skills for solving grazing management challenges on their ranch. The event will feature a ranch tour, educational speakers, and hands-on learning opportunities.
Ranchers wanting to hone their grazing management skills are encouraged to register for this year’s 406 Grazing Academy. The 3-day, hands-on workshop is offered by the Rangeland Resources Program in the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Montana State University (MSU) Extension Range Management, and MSU’s Dan Scott Ranch Management Program. Montana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative has helped by graciously sponsoring this year’s Academy.
Participants will gain practical information to help them make strategic decisions for their ranch. Topics include economic optimum stocking rates, diverse grazing strategies, range monitoring, extending the grazing season, livestock-wildlife relations, targeted grazing, and coping with drought, wildfire and poisonous plants. Successful Montana ranchers and other range managers from across the state will share their expertise and complement presentations by the educators. It is recommended that workshop participants bring a laptop to be able to practice with Web Soil Survey and other online tools. Participants may also wish to bring a map of their ranch to be able to better engage instructors with ranch-specific questions. The workshop also includes an optional follow-up ranch visit by an instructor later in summer or fall.
For more information, contact any of the following: Stacey Barta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-594-8481; Jeff Mosley at email@example.com or 406-994-5601; or Rachel Frost at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-994-3724.