Nebraska Ranch Practicum Applications Due May 1

Nebraska Ranch Practicum Applications Due May 1

April 18, 2008 

The 2008 Nebraska Ranch Practicum gives ranchers natural resource training, insight into livestock production and cutting edge research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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 use of beef cattle nutrition systems.

Classroom activities will open and close the practicum in North Platte with the remainder of the classes conducted at UNL's Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory near Whitman. The 12,800 acre ranch provides hands-on experience to ranchers. Practicum dates are June 11 and 12, July 10, Sept. 3 and 4, Nov. 6, and Jan. 7 and 8, 2009 for the eight-session class. Scheduling of the sessions is designed to cover the production cycle of both livestock and forage resources.

The 2008 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 1 with a $200 deposit. Enrollment is limited to 35 participants but those who do not make registration will receive a full refund. The balance of $400 is due June 12 for those enrolled in the class. The total cost of $600 includes educational materials, noon and evening meals and breaks. Travel and lodging are to be handled privately.

For applications or more information contact Plugge at (308)236-1235, e-mail bplugge1@unl.edu or visit the practicum Web site at http://nebraskaranchpracticum.unl.edu/.