Ranching For Profit Workshop

The Roosevelt County Conservation District has invited Dave Pratt the most sought-after speaker and respected authority on sustainable ranching in North America, to this years 2016 Bovine Connection on November 29.

The workshop will focus on applying business, economic and financial principles to ranches. According to Pratt, “Knowing how to raise livestock isn’t the same thing as knowing how to run a business that raises livestock”. Pratt will discuss why working in your business working on your business first. He will explain the three “secrets” for increasing profit and share proven profitability benchmarks participants can use to identify “deadwood” and pinpoint “profit drivers” in their ranches.

According to Pratt, who teaches the internationally acclaimed Ranching For Profit School, input costs have increased 5 times faster than cattle prices. Land values have risen even faster. Pratt says, “Many ranches who use practices that were profitable just 20 years ago lose money in today’s environment.” He adds, “Most farms and ranches are structured to fail and survive only through internal subsidies like inherited wealth, appreciating land values and off farm income. In contrast, many Ranching For Profit alumni earn a health profit without these personal subsidies.”

Pratt says that a sustainable business must earn a profit and adds that a ranch that doesn’t produce a profit and that doesn’t pay a decent wage to all employees (including family members) is a hobby, not a business. Most ranches are very expensive hobbies subsidized with free family labor and off-farm income. He and his company help clients transform their ranches into profitable businesses.

Pratt says he doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all recipe for success but can offer insights and practical tools developed and refined by the experience of thousands of Ranching For Profit School alumni all over the world.

For more information on Dave Pratt and the Ranching For Profit program is available at : http://www.ranchingforprofit.com

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Froid Field Day

Froid Field Day features UGC elevator tour

The 2014 Froid Research Farm Field Day is set for Thursday afternoon, June 26th, and kicks off with a tour of United Grain Corporation’s (UGC) recently completed 1.4 million bushel capacity elevator in Culbertson.

The tour begins at 1 pm and Field Day participants are asked to meet at the elevator located at 111 1st Ave SW in Culbertson. Following the UGC tour, activities will move to the Froid Research Farm for the remainder of the day. The farmsite is located 8 miles north of Culbertson on MT Highway 16.

The United Grain Corporation was established in 1969 and is now one of the leading wheat export companies in the Pacific Northwest. Its export terminal located in Vancouver, WA boasts the largest storage capacity of any west coast grain export facility with over 7 million bushels of storage. In addition to Culbertson, the company has elevators in Bucyrus, ND and Conrad, Moccasin and Pompey’s Pillar, MT.

In addition to the UGC Elevator Tour, other tour topics and speakers include:

  • Russian olive removal and restoration: Success and costs – Erin Espeland, USDA-ARS Plant Ecologist
  • Insect pathogenic fungi – A new management tool for wireworms? – Stefan Jaronski, USDA-ARS Insect Pathologist
  • Orange Wheat Blossom Midge: Looking at wheat midge trapping/surveys past and present in Northeastern Montana – Deb Waters, Biological Science Technician (Insects), ARS MSU’s new wheat midge monitoring program in MT – Ann Ronning, Roosevelt Co. Extension
  • Diversified cover crop mixes in 11 demonstration strips – Brett Allen, USDA-ARS Agronomist and Rob Bray, USDA-NRCS Roosevelt Co.
  • Brassica carinata, camelina, and a cover crop mix as fallow replacements in 2-yr durum rotations – Brett Allen, USDA-ARS Agronomist
  • Plant breeding and market development of Ethiopian mustard – Patrick Crampton, Agrisoma Biosciences
  • Crop yields and soil properties after thirty years of tillage and cropping sequence – Upendra Sainju, USDA-ARS Soil Scientist

The day concludes with the annual free steak dinner at 5:00 pm sponsored by the Sheridan and Roosevelt County Conservation Districts. Other event sponsors include the Sheridan and Roosevelt County Extension offices, and the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory (NPARL) in Sidney.

Pesticide points are pending. For more information, contact Beth Redlin at 406-433-9427, Ann Ronning at 406-787-5312 or Laurie Young at (406) 787-5232 Ext. 101.

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June Board Meeting

The next Roosevelt County Conservation District Board meeting will be held June 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the USDA service center. 508 E 6th, Culbertson, MT. All meetings are open to the public.