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Lost Rivers Grazing Academy

  • When: June and September
  • Duration: Four days
  • Where: Salmon

The Lost Rivers Grazing Academy is held every June and September near the Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center near Salmon. This four-day workshop is for livestock producers who want to increase their forage productivity, animal performance and income.

Learn To

  • Design grazing cells
  • 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
  • Create custom-grazing leases
  • Develop a ranch economic plan
  • Enhance grazing-management skills
  • Improve forage and livestock production
  • Increase animal units and net income
  • Improve failing pastures
  • Reduce costs and hours spent fertilizing, harvesting and feeding hay
  • Gain a foundation of knowledge to launch a new livestock operation
  • Sustainably maintain and improve ranch productivity


This workshop is conducted by UI Extension educators and specialists. Our featured speaker is Jim Gerrish of American Grazing Lands Services LLC. See the website or visit our Facebook page for more details.

The Lost Rivers Name

UI Extension’s Chad Cheyney organized the first academy in the Lost River Valley. That valley runs 75 miles from Arco through Mackay and on to Willow Creek Summit south of Challis.