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Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Newsletter 4-2-12

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Colorado State University (CSU) are proud to offer the Colorado Ranch

Practicum, a component of the Colorado Ranching Legacy Program.

The Colorado Ranch Practicum will consist of five sessions spanning eight full days of educational programming occurring over a seven-month period beginning in May 2012 and ending in February 2013. This program will be geared toward existing or established ranchers, those interested in getting into the business, and ranchers who are taking on a more managerial role in family operations. It is not specifically age driven, but rather is seeking to engage those individuals looking for further beef industry guidance and education. By attending, participants will develop the ability to efficiently use decision support tools to critically evaluate numerous management and marketing alternatives. Attendees will be provided with high-quality educational material including software, notebooks with laminated field guides, and a collection of university and industry publications; as well as camaraderie and exchange of ideas among participants, instructors and facilitators.

Topics to be covered during the sessions include:

• Ranching for Land & Forage

• Applied Nutrition for Beef Cattle

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• Develop Your Ranching Production Plan and Business Objectives

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• Producing for the Consumer: Meeting Beef Quality and Preference Demands

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Those who enroll in the Complete Series Enrollment Option will also be eligible for a unique educational and networking opportunity. It can be rather difficult for beginning ranchers to establish their business without some external resources. The Colorado Ranching Legacy Program offers a mentorship program that will provide the opportunity for those beginning ranchers to have a network of relationships with experienced ranchers to help establish that support. The model that will be used is called Mentor Match. Through an interview process and a production analysis of their business, mentors will be selected and directly matched to the beginning rancher. The mentorship program will facilitate matchmaking and support both the mentor and the beginning rancher during the duration of the program.

Those who enroll in the Complete Series Enrollment Option will be eligible to receive scholarship funding. Applications for the complete series enrollment are due by April 15, 2012. Notification status will be given no later than May 1, 2012. The cost of the Colorado Ranch Practicum course is $600.00 for one person and $900.00 for two participants from the same ranch willing to share materials. Applications received after the deadline will be assessed a $100.00 fee. Enrollment is limited, so early application is encouraged.

For more information please visit the website: http://www.coloradocattle.org/ranchinglegacyprogram.aspx

If you are interested in participating in the Colorado Ranching Legacy Program, please contact Devin Murnin with CCA at 303-431-6422 or devin@coloradocattle.org or Jack Whittier with CSU at 970-491-6422 or jack.whittier@colostate.edu. Contact us today!

This project was supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant 2011-00993.