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TSCRA School for Successful Ranching

Friday, April 4, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The 20th Annual School for Successful Ranching continues TSCRA's tradition of providing practical, useful training in the business of ranching.

SUSTAINABLE CATTLE OPERATIONS

Keynote session by Dr. Jude Capper, Washington State University
Sustainability is a buzz word in agriculture right now, but what does it really mean for the cattle industry and for your ranch? We'll open the 2014 School with a discussion about the practical implications of sustainability and the important role ranchers play in feeding the world. Along the way we'll also debunk some food myths and arm you with facts you need to know when talking about cattle and the environment.

RISK MANAGEMENT FOR COW/CALF OPERATIONS

Speaker: Randy Blach, CattleFax
(half-day session)

The risk producers take in this industry each day has increased significantly over time. In addition, in today's environment, risk beyond just market risk has become increasingly difficult to manage. This is a great opportunity for those who want to incorporate new ideas into building a risk management plan or in refining their current marketing strategy.

This session is normally a 2-day session which costs more than $800, but we have made special arrangements to deliver this program as part of the School for Successful Ranching.

SPECIAL 3-HOUR SESSIONS

FROM GATE TO PLATE: WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOUR CALF?
Speaker: Dr. Dan Hale, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
As cow-calf producers, it's easy to forget that we are ultimately selling beef. This three-hour session will give you a better understanding of the next steps for your animal after the ranch and includes virtual tours of a feedyard and packing plant.
• What happens in a feedyard?
• What happens in a packing plant?
• The boxed beef process

DROUGHT: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
Speakers: Chuck Coffey, Hugh Aljoe and Deke Alkire, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Drought has been the biggest challenge facing ranchers over the last few years. In this three-hour session, enjoy an in-depth discussion about what's next for our industry.
• What's next if it rains? If it doesn't?
• Lessons learned to prepare for the next drought
• What effects has this drought had on U.S. beef?

MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN FROM EXPERTS

STRATEGIC PLANNING ON THE RANCH
Speaker: Neal Odom, Pioneer Business Development

Do you have a strategic plan for your ranch? You will find that beyond setting goals, a good strategic plan includes developing a clear plan for your ranch.
• The strategic planning process
• Implementing your plan
• How ranches are using this process for business development and estate planning

SOIL HEALTH: STARTING SMALL
Speakers: Nathan Haile and Kent Ferguson, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
• What makes healthy soil?
• How can soil health be improved?
• Soil health's role in forage production

REDUCING INPUTS: MOVING AWAY FROM HAY
Speakers: Jeff Goodwin and Carl Homeyer, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
• What are the economic benefits to feeding less hay?
• How do you prepare your land to make this shift?
• What forage types work better for this management style?

WEED AND BRUSH CONTROL: WHAT'S NEW?
Speaker: Dr. Wayne Hanselka, Consultant
• Plant ID for proper control
• Mechanical vs. chemical control
• New technologies hitting the market

PRESCRIBED BURNING AS A MANAGEMENT TOOL
Speaker: Dr. Robin Verble-Pearson, Texas Tech University
• Evaluating your land for a burn
• Preparing for a burn
• Effects on your land

THE CHANGING BEEF COW-CALF INDUSTRY
Speaker: Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
• A look back at the industry structure
• The cow-calf industry as a business
• Why aren't we expanding?

ANIMAL HEALTH PROTOCOLS
Speaker: Dr. Mac Devin, Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.
• How biosecurity fits into an animal health plan
• How to develop a plan that fits your operation
• Prevention and treatment of common diseases

ANIMAL NUTRITION: DEVELOPING A PLAN
Speaker: Dr. Ron Gill, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
• What nutrients are essential for your animals?
• How to monitor the nutrition of your animal
• Develop a nutrition plan that fits your needs

FINDING LEVERAGE DURING DROUGHT
Speakers: Drs. Ryan Rhoades and Kimberly McCuistion, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management

• How does systems thinking work?
• Finding leverage points on the ranch
• Identify diversification options

Available CEUs

  • Weed and Brush Control: What's New? – 1 General Private Applicator License CEU
  • Prescribed Burning as a Management Tool – 1 IPM Private Applicator License CEU
  • Animal Health Protocols – 1.5 BQA Credits
  • Animal Nutrition: Developing a Plan – 1.5 BQA Credits

 

 
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