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Schedule of Events: Range Day

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Morning Sessions

Brush and Weed Management

Presenter: Greg Alpers

This session will highlight the importance of proper management and control of invasive species using examples of successful and not so successful treatments.

Using Technology in Ranch Planning and Management

Presenter: Les Owen

This session will provide an introduction to the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in ranch planning. Participants will learn about using available spatial data along with field collected data to develop a baseline for determining stocking rates.

Land Owner's Perspective

Presenter: Tom Sidwell

This presentation is a land owner's view on how brush management works on the ground. What are the cost, the benefits and the realistic goals one can achieve by applying a combination of practices. Students will see first-hand the work done on one of New Mexico's premier ranches and its methodology.


Afternoon Sessions

Range Improvements and Grazing Systems

Presenter: Tim Haarmann

Range improvements and systems to improve livestock distribution and carrying capacity.

Monitoring and Plant Identification

Presenter: Nick Ashcroft, Tom Dean

This session will focus on assessing and evaluating rangeland conditions and learning the important foraging plants available. Participants will learn the basics of rangeland monitoring and plant identification. These tools will help participants make initial assessments of rangelands and assist in determining changes to rangeland conditions associated with management.

I Can't See the Grass for the Trees

Presenter: Doug Cram

Ranch and range managers are focused on forage and grass conditions, but probably not trees. What role, if any, do trees play in range management?


Evening Sessions

Government Policy

Presenter: Nick Ashcroft, Les Owen

Participants will learn the different policies producers have to deal with in everyday production practices, their history, and methods of implementation.

Teamwork: Ranch Management Plans