The University of Nebraska will offer several sessions of its Ranch Practicum this summer. In an effort to reduce producer anxiety and improve ranch profitability, Dr. Pat Reece and other UNL faculty designed the practicum to improve decision-making skills of ranchers. The practicum focuses on the understanding and use of three key areas of ranch management.

  • Seasonal production and nutrient density patterns of range plants.
  • Seasonal patterns of beef cow nutrient requirements.
  • Seasonal livestock market patterns.

Concurrently, ranchers learn about the growth and development of plants and cattle, and how to determine cost of production. Producers who have completed the practicum consistently report a $15 to $25 annual increase in profitability per cow.

Learn more about the practicum online at www.panhandle.unl.edu/ranchpracticum/ .