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Ranch, range symposium set for Oct. 25

Ranch management for drought, beef cattle feed efficiency and sustainable livestock production research are among topics at the Northeast Wyo Range and Livestock Symposium in Sundance Tuesday, Oct. 25.

All sessions are at the Crook County School District central administrative office building at 108 N. 4th St. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with sessions until 4:15 p.m. Lunch is provided.

Lusk ranchers Sage and Faith Askin begin the sessions by offering lessons learned from starting with little equity and not owning land to building a sizeable livestock enterprise, said Blake Hauptman, UW Extension educator.

Other morning sessions cover estate planning, and extension educators and specialists will discuss the financial and environmental implications of drought and strategies to help producers survive through drought conditions.

Afternoon sessions include details of recent sheep and cattle research at UW. Topics are nutrition, parasites, plant selection and feed efficiency.

"I hope the symposium will be a great opportunity for producers throughout Wyoming and surrounding area to come together and focus on current issues in ranching and have a chance to ask questions and get more involved in discussions with industry and extension experts," said Hauptman.

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Sessions in order are:

• "Lessons Learned from Starting a Ranch without Owning Land."

• "Farm and Ranch Estate Planning."

• "Drought Management Strategies for the Ranch."

• "Financial and Economic Implications of Drought Management Decisions."

• "Sustainable Cattle and Sheep Production Research: Nutrition, Parasites and Plant Selection."

• "Beef Cattle Feed Efficiency Research."

Cost is $20 at the door. UW Extension, the Plank Stewardship Initiative and the Crook County Farm Bureau are sponsoring the symposium. For more information and to RSVP for lunch, contact Hauptman at 307-283-1192 or bhauptma@uwyo.edu.

— UW Extension

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