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University of Idaho

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Rm 213
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2330
Moscow, ID 83844-2330

Phone: 208-885-6345

Fax: 208-885-6420

Email: avfs@uidaho.edu

Web: uidaho.edu/cals/avfs

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Mailing Address:
University of Idaho
16 Hot Springs Ranch Road
Carmen, ID 83462

Phone: 208-756-2749

Web: uidaho.edu/cals/nmcreec

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Beef 101: Beginning Rancher Development

The University of Idaho Beginning Rancher Development Program is designed to provide beginning ranchers with useful knowledge and resources to increase success in their operation. Multiple three-day or less workshops will be held across the Pacific Northwest on a variety of topics. Workshops will be limited to 30 participants, providing plenty of hands-on, in-depth instruction. There is a $20 equipment fee to participate. Travel and lodging scholarships are available.

The first workshop series will be held May 20-22, 2024, in Moscow. Join our interest list to be notified when registration is available. Download PDF course flyer.

May 20 – All About the Beef Cattle

  • Topics: Live Animal Evaluation; Beef Harvest Demonstration; Beef Quality Assurance Training.
  • Evaluate live cattle on muscle, fat/cover, structure, volume; demonstration of cattle harvest; practice low stress animal handling techniques.

May 21 – Animal Health and Resources Management

  • Topics: Forage; Grazing and Natural Resource Management; Animal Health; Financial Management.
  • Understand basics of ruminant digestive system; information on rotational grazing, proper stocking density for environmental sustainability; evaluate quality of feed samples; tools for financial management.

May 22 – Beef on the Rail

  • Topics: Beef Carcass Grading; Beef Carcass Fabrication; Sensory Evaluation.
  • Evaluate carcass USDA Yield and Quality Grades; demonstration of how to break down a beef carcass; understand the translation from cattle to beef products for the consumer.

Future Workshop Topics

  • Low stress animal handling techniques
  • Different equipment requirements and facility designs for proper animal husbandry
  • Conduct cattle health examination
  • Vaccination protocols — symptoms and treatment options for sick cattle
  • Assist in difficulties during calving

Bonus (offered for returning participants)

  • Advanced Animal Health Workshop (reproductive anatomy and breeding protocols)
  • A low stress sorting tool for participants

  • Basics of ruminant digestive system
  • Nutritional requirements of cattle in the Pacific Northwest
  • Basic ration formulation
  • Knowledge on rotational grazing, proper stocking density for environmental sustainability
  • Producing feed with your current facility (such as hay production) to control costs
  • Tour of grazing and haying operations

Bonus

  • Free feed sample analysis for participants
  • A “Grazing Stick” to determine grass growth and stocking densities at home

  • Evaluate cattle based on muscle, fat/finish, structure, balance/eye appeal and volume
  • Breeding selection and genetic selection information (Expected Progeny Differences)
  • Cattle Body Condition Scoring
  • Cattle harvest and fabrication demonstration; sensory evaluation of various beef cuts
  • Tour a commercial, USDA–inspected beef packing plant in central Washington or southern Idaho

Bonus

  • Free genetic testing for three herd bulls or cows for participants

  • Different market strategies to improve overall sales
  • Improve prices at livestock market auction
  • Record keeping (QuickBooks, Excel)
  • Generate statements such as profit and loss, cost of production per animal and on farm inventory
  • Risk management (market dynamics, balancing assets with debt)
  • Funding assistance (Farm Service Agency, AgWest, Natural Resources Conservation Service)

Bonus

  • Examples of enterprise budgets will be provided to build your own throughout the workshop
  • Resources on grant writing and requests for financial assistance

  • Information to guide a family succession plan
  • Skills to communicate across generations and for conflict resolution

Bonus

  • Participants will be provided with resources to determine fair market values of operations in preparation for estate planning with senior generations

  • Develop skills to communicate and promote the cattle industry
  • Increase involvement with associations and leadership opportunities
  • Share industry updates, policy changes and current issues

Bonus

  • Opportunities to practice advocacy via social media, in-person conversation and other platforms

  • Beginning ranchers will meet experienced ranchers to find industry mentors (10+ years of ranching experience in the same region)
  • Participants can shadow their mentor to see other facilities and learn other cattle management techniques
  • Mentors will be a resource for participants to answer questions, making contacts

For more information contact Phil Bass at pbass@uidaho.edu.

Contact

University of Idaho

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Rm 213
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2330
Moscow, ID 83844-2330

Phone: 208-885-6345

Fax: 208-885-6420

Email: avfs@uidaho.edu

Web: uidaho.edu/cals/avfs

Directions

Mailing Address:
University of Idaho
16 Hot Springs Ranch Road
Carmen, ID 83462

Phone: 208-756-2749

Web: uidaho.edu/cals/nmcreec

Directions