Judith Basin County Range School 2006
With support from the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, the Judith Basin Conservation District and Cascade County Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service joined forces and presented an outstanding class on figuring cattle costs and changing cattle calving seasons.
The objective of the Range School was to provide participants with an increased awareness and knowledge about annual cow cost and about how changing calving season makes sense.
The study area for the seminar was at the B & O Ranch (owned by Joe and Peggy Broesder and Lanell and Kelly Ashley) in Belt, Montana.
Harlan Hughes, Professor Emeritus at North Dakota State University and currently residing in Laramie, Wyoming, opened the range school. Harlan shared his vast knowledge in determining cattle costs and record keeping and also explained weaning weights of the 1990’s and how those profited in the 90’s. There are two key questions every rancher needs to ask:
Harlan stated that the key to cutting cow costs is to have herd performance records. Harlan writes the Market Advisor, a monthly column in BEEF magazine.
Bill Milton of Roundup, Montana, returned to ranching in 1978. Bill has spent the last twenty-eight years developing drought-tested, holistic grazing practices that support their cattle and sheep. Bill shared why he changed calving seasons to a late spring-summer calving season and how it has affected his operation.
Lanell Ashley of Belt, Montana, provided comments on his experience of shifting calving seasons to a late spring-summer timeframe.
A total of 83 participants received folders of information on cattle costs, changing calving season, and a “Poisonous Plants of Montana” book. As per quote from Judith Basin Extension Agent Janna Kincheloe, “There was a great turn-out for the Range School, and attendees represented every sector of the agriculture industry – farmers and ranchers, bankers, political representatives, and government agencies. Topics covered during the day addressed several current issues that are important to producers, and the setting allowed everyone an opportunity to interact with the speakers and with each other.”
Judith Basin Conservation District
Natural Resources Conservation District
Judith Basin County Extension Service
Last Modified: 01/08/2007