Rancher’s Workshop to be held Jan. 14 in White River
The date for the 30th Annual Rancher’s Workshop, which has been a long standing tradition in south central SD, is Jan. 14, 2009.
The workshop will be held at the White River Events Center in White River, SD. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. (Central) with the opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee and a roll while browsing through Expo booths on display.
The program will begin at 9:45 a.m. with a welcome, presentation of the flag, and a door prize. The first topic of the day will be “Low Cost Grazing Concepts” presented by rancher Brad Young of Wausa, NE. Brad, who also operates Prairie States Seed, will be talking about alternative grazing ideas.
The workshop has traditionally included topics that pertain to finances, natural resources, production, and also to family, and this year is no different. Dr. John Usera, of the Chiesman Center for Democracy in Rapid City, SD, will be covering the family presentation by sharing important information he has gathered about “The American Family… Stress & Anxiety of Society.”
Lunch will be compliments of Ft. Dodge Animal Health, who will also be giving an animal health update prior to the noon meal prepared by D&E Food of Wood.
After lunch Abby Stiegelmeier, this year’s SD Society of Range Management High School Youth Forum winner, will be giving her 10-minute speech on the “Importance of Plant Diversity.” Abby’s sister gave her winning speech at last year’s Rancher’s Workshop in Mission and was well received.
On the afternoon program, Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Educator based in McCook County, will discuss “Input Decisions for your Cow Herd.” Heather’s area of emphasis is Farm Business Management and is a returning speaker from last year’s workshop. She will be touching on and tying together the financial aspects of the other workshop topics.
After an afternoon break and one last opportunity to visit the Expo booths, Ken Olson, SDSU Extension Beef Specialist located in Rapid City, will be finishing up the day. Ken will be breaking down the complicated issue of “Mineral Programs for Grazing Animals.” The program will conclude at 3:15 p.m.
For more information information, contact the White River NRCS office at (605) 259-3252 (ext.3), or your local Extension office.
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