Nebraska Ranch Practicum now accepting registrations

Apr 23, 2010
by WLJ

The 2010 Nebraska Ranch Practicum gives ranchers cutting edge research in range livestock production from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Natural resources, livestock management and economic reality are integrated throughout the practicum.

During the three-season UNL Extension class, participants have the opportunity to expand their knowledge with an overview of ranching practices from new angles. Throughout the program, participants will cover a variety of topics including the effective use of decision support tools to evaluate management and marketing alternatives, plant identification, range conditions and grazing strategies, wildlife management, evaluation of cow body condition scores, and beef cattle production systems.

Classroom activities will open and close the practicum in North Platte, NE, with the remainder of the classes conducted at UNL’s Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory, a working ranch with education and research facilities near Whitman, NE. The 12,800-acre ranch provides hands-on experi ence to ranchers. Practicum dates are June 9 and 10, July 8, Sept. 8 and 9, and Nov. 4, 2010, and Jan. 5 and 6, 2011, for the eight-session class. Scheduling of the sessions from June to January is designed to cover the production cycle of both livestock and forage resources.

The 2010 Nebraska Ranch Practicum can count for college or continuing education credit. Participants looking to earn credits should make arrangements during the initial session.

Applications are due May 3, 2010, with a $200 deposit. Enrollment is limited to 35 participants and ap plicants will be notified of their status no later than May 17. Deposits will be refunded if space is not available. The balance of $450 is due June 9 for those enrolled in the class. The total cost of $650 includes educational materials, noon meals and breaks. Travel and lodging are to be handled privately.

For applications or additional information, contact Brent Plugge at 308/ 236-1235, e-mail bplugge@, or visit the practicum Web site at: http://nebraskaranch — WLJ