Schedule of Events: Range Day
Brush and Weed ManagementPresenter: 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 ManagementPresenter: 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 PerspectivePresenter: 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.
Range Improvements and Grazing SystemsPresenter: Tim Haarmann
Range improvements and systems to improve livestock distribution and carrying capacity.
Monitoring and Plant IdentificationPresenter: 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 TreesPresenter: 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?
Government PolicyPresenter: 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.