Master range cattle short courses start Feb. 17-19 |

Master range cattle short courses start Feb. 17-19

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service has set master range cattle manager short courses for Feb. 17, 18, and 19 in Bison, Wall, and Union Center.

Each community will be the location for a series of training sessions. The course costs $50 per ranch, for a maximum of two participants. Additional participants can take part for the cost of the meals provided. The sessions will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day.

The dates and locations include:

– Feb. 17, Bison, Grand Electric meeting room

– Feb. 18, Wall, Community Center

– Feb. 19, Union Center, CMC Community Center

– March 3, Bison, same location

– March 4, Wall, same location

– March 5, Union Center, same location

Additional sessions later in the spring, on-ranch visits in the summer, and two fall sessions complete the short course.

Registration is due before Feb. 10. Call Bobbi Ellis at the West River Ag Center at (605) 394-2236, or e-mail her at

For more information, call any of the following Extension livestock educators or specialists: Penny Nester, Sturgis, at (605) 347-2436; Robin Salverson, Buffalo, at (605) 375-3412; Adele Harty, Philip, at (605) 859-2840, or Extension Beef Specialist Ken Olson, Rapid City, at (605) 394-2236.

The short course is designed to help ranching families make an in-depth evaluation of their management approach. Topics include ranch planning, marketing alternatives, and research-based range and livestock management information.

Topics will be tailored to the needs of participants and on-ranch visits in the summer will customize the course to the families who take part.

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, along with the counties included, are sponsoring and organizing this short course.

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