RanchingA series of classes on operating a ranch will be offered this year by the University of Idaho.

The University of Idaho is offering a series of advanced classes this year on operating a ranch.

The University of Idaho’s new Advanced Ranch Management School will help producers with the many intricacies of operating a ranch.

Five-multi-day sessions are planned. The first starts Jan. 20. Presentations will cover practical and in-depth details related to producing cattle and running a ranch.

Topics range from financing, business operations and human resources to forage, meat science and animal science.

“We’ve had interest from the Idaho Cattle Association and others in a program like this,” said John Hall, extension beef specialist at UI’s Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center near Salmon. “They want higher-level education and skill-building classes to help them operate their businesses better.”

Hall said the new school ties together efforts by UI and other groups to address the topics one at a time through individual programs.

The Advanced Ranch Management School will expand on those programs and meet at different locations. UI said it aims to give a wider view of the industry with in-depth sessions involving ranchers, industry leaders and faculty.

The business of ranch management, and industry's economic conditions, are to be discussed Jan. 20-21 in Twin Falls.

In mid- to late March, three weekly evening sessions on the Zoom virtual platform will cover managing forages and the natural resource base.

An early May session on the UI main campus in Moscow will address meat science from harvest to the final product.

A virtual session in mid-July will cover ranch leadership and human resources management.

Animal production, from nutrition to genetics and reproductive technology, is the focus of the final session, Sept 12-14 at the Cummings Center.

Registration is $200 per person or $300 for ranch couples. Information: Hall, 208-993-1222 or jbhall@uidaho.edu.

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