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Lost Rivers Grazing Academy

Idaho Beef Lost Rivers Grazing AcademyWhen: June and September
Duration: Four days
Where:  Salmon, ID

The Lost Rivers Grazing Academy is held every June and September at or near the Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center near Salmon, Idaho. This intense 4-day workshop draws livestock producers who want to increase their forage productivity, animal performance, and in turn their income, by simply changing a few management techniques.

Participants Learn How To 

  • Design grazing cells and determine appropriate stocking rates 
  • Design water systems 
  • Design and build permanent and portable electric fences for use under center-pivots and wheel lines 
  • Minimize animal stress during handling 
  • Stockpile standing forage and draw on animals’ “fat banks” to reduce winter feed costs 
  • Devise custom-grazing leases 
  • Develop a ranch economic plan 
  • Enhance grazing-management skills and improve forage and livestock production
  • Increase animal units and net income
  • Improve deteriorating pastures 
  • Reduce dollars and hours you spend fertilizing, harvesting and feeding hay
  • Gain a foundation of knowledge from which to launch a new livestock operation
  • Implement sustainable practices that will maintain and improve ranch productivity

This valuable workshop is conducted by University of Idaho Extension educators and specialists. Featured speaker is Jim Gerrish of American Grazing Lands Services LLC. See the website or visit our Facebook page for details of this “boots-on-the-ground” workshop.


FYI: In case you wondered, the name comes because UI Extension’s Chad Cheyney organized the first academy in the Lost River Valley, which runs 75 miles from Arco through Mackay and on to Willow Creek Summit south of Challis.