Management-intensive grazing focus of four-day school

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Blake Hauptman

Learning management-intensive grazing concepts and then applying the ideas with hands-on demonstrations is part of a four-day grazing school Monday-Thursday, June 25-28, near Lusk.

The sessions are intended for livestock producers looking to enhance grazing management skills and improve forage and livestock production, said Blake Hauptman, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

Half of each day is in the classroom learning management-intensive grazing concepts and then applying the concepts with hands-on demonstrations and using cattle provided by the Harsy Land and Cattle near Lusk, he said.

Jim Gerrish of American GrazingLands Services LLC, author of the book “Kick the Hay Habit” and a contributing writer for the Stockman Grass Farmer, will lead the class.  Gerrish has over 20 years experience conducting beef-forage systems research and outreach at the University of Missouri, 20 years of commercial cattle and sheep production on his family’s farm in northern Missouri, and now manages a grazing operation near May, Idaho.

Feed costs are typically the number-one expense on most cow-calf operations, said Hauptman.  Stockpiling forages and extending the grazing season while maintaining acceptable livestock performance can lead to major economic benefits for a ranch.

The class is focused on increasing ranch profitability by showing how to design water and fencing infrastructure to achieve better use and improve pasture health, Hauptman said.

“Whether you are wanting to set-up a management-intensive grazing operation on land that is irrigated or sub-irrigated or make improvements in grazing your upland pastures, I think you will be happy you attended this class,” he said.

Cost is $400 per person and $200 for each additional person from the same operation.  Registration costs cover all noon meals, two dinners and class materials.  Class size is limited, and registration is requested by June 15.

For more information or to have a brochure sent to register, contact Hauptman at 307-283-1192 or, or Abby Perry at 307-328-2642 or

Applications open for annual Wyoming-Nebraska ranch management practicum

            Applications are being accepted for a ranch management school that filled to maximum last year and has had hundreds of cattle producers attend.

The eight-day, multi-season High Plains Ranch Practicum is June 13-14, Aug. 23-24, Sept. 26-27 and Nov. 1-2, said Blake Hauptman, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne is this year’s host site. The practicum is supported and developed by the University of Wyoming Extension and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The practicum is the longest-running ranch management school in the region, Hauptman said, with ranchers attending last year from Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Specific topics are: unit cost of production; grazing and forages; economic analysis tools; personnel management and family working relationships; and nutrition, reproduction and body condition scoring.

The school is hands-on and focused on generating discussions and not lectures, said Hauptman.

“There are opportunities to visit ranches and hear from engaging guest speakers who share the tools and principles they’ve used to make their ranch businesses more profitable while improving their land, lifestyles and relationships,” he said.

Course fee is $600 for individuals and $900 for two from the same ranch and covers materials, instructor costs and meals. More about the practicum is at

For more information or an application, contact Aaron Berger with UN-L at 308-235-3122 or; UW Extension educator Dallas Mount at 307-322-3667 or; or Hauptman at 307-283-1192 or

Tree pruning, grafting workshop set in Crook County

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Blake Hauptman

A tree care and pruning and grafting workshop is Friday, April 6, in Sundance.

The session starts at 3 p.m. in the Crook County Courthouse Community Room, 309 Cleveland St., according to Blake Hauptman, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

Participants will visit a fruit orchard and learn basic tree care, pruning and grafting techniques, and can bring their own grafting knife if they want to participate in the hands-on demonstration.

RSVPS are requested by Wednesday, April 4, by calling 307-283-1192 or for more information.

Methods to reduce drought effects focus of Campbell County workshop

            The effects of drought on ranch economics, the animals and the range are topics of the “Impacts of Drought” workshop Monday, March 19, in Gillette.

The session is 12:30-4 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room at the Campbell County University of Wyoming Extension office, 412 S. Gillette Ave., said Blake Hauptman, extension educator.

Topics are:

* Economic effects of drought. Drought’s impact on stocking ratios and feeding and economic practices.

* Animal response to range. Management and nutritional strategies to reduce forage needs while still maintaining high performance levels.

* Native range response. Drought impacts to range and the basics of grass growth and timing with regard to precipitation.

RSVPs are requested to the Campbell County extension office at 307-682-7281 by Monday, March 12.