Rangeland Livestock Symposium to Address Issues Facing Ranchers

Tuesday, December 11 2012

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Rangeland and animal science extension faculty with the University of Idaho Rangeland Center will offer the 2013 Intermountain Rangeland Livestock Symposium and Technical Training Jan. 10-11 at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho. Collaborative sponsors include the Idaho Section of the Society for Range Management and the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission (IRRC).

On Thursday morning, a general session will provide a synopsis of the summer fire season, perspectives from a new generation of ranchers and a general overview of estate planning.

Thursday afternoon concurrent session topics will feature:
• Up-and-coming strategies for rangeland restoration and rehabilitation (Tony Svejcar, USDA-ARS)
• Grazing before and after fires (Karen Launchbaugh, U- Idaho)
• Setting up rural fire protection associations (Craig Glazier, Idaho Dept. of Lands, and Andy Delmas, BLM)
• Potential effects if sage-grouse are listed as endangered species (Jason Pyron, USFWS)
• Range monitoring in preparation for sage-grouse listing (Chris Black, Rancher, Bruneau, Ida.)
• Grazing and sage-grouse habitat (Dr. Chad Boyd, USDA-ARS)
• What feedlots are looking for (Eric Drees, Beef Northwest)

On Friday morning, a general session will address keynote topics including the results and implications of the National Beef Quality audit, the impacts on ranchers resulting from litigation under the Equal Access to Justice Act, and an industry update and outlook by CattleFax.

On Friday afternoon, a series of mini-workshops will showcase:
• Rangeland monitoring by and for ranchers (Amanda Gearhart, U-Idaho and Wally Butler, Idaho Farm Bureau)
• Measuring quality and value of beef (Sarah Baker, U-Idaho)
• Pregnancy test options and ultra-sounding (Dr. John Hall, U-Idaho)
• Estate planning and practical examples (Peter Volk, U-Idaho)

The symposium is open to the general public. Registration fees are $80 before Jan. 1, with the option of registering additional persons, such as a spouse or ranch employee, for an additional $40 per person. Student registration costs $40. After Jan. 1, general fees increase to $100. Registration and additional information is available on the IRRC Website http://idrange.org.
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