Managing Drought Workshop series planned
Ranchers: What would you give to know 30, 40 or 60 days ahead of time that your livestock herd was going to run out of grass? Would you give 1 1/2 days of your time?
If so, mark Dec. 11 and 12 for a unique and comprehensive Managing Drought Workshop series in Wray, Colo.
Whether you own rangeland and cattle, or you are a landlord who leases your range, or you are the one with the cows leasing the range, this workshop is for you. Come learn a unique approach to drought management that has never been available before.
This workshop series will begin in the afternoon on Dec. 11. There will be a separate session that evening and one on Dec. 12. Tuesday afternoon will focus on the thought processes of drought and the Calf_Cost_Cow-Q-lator spreadsheet. This spreadsheet predicts profit (or loss) given certain conditions such as hay prices, amount of hay fed, calf weaning size, calf prices, and many more variable that only a computer can crunch. Attendees will go through the worksheet and fill in the best and worst case prices and conditions and learn the profit estimate using those parameters. This spreadsheet is free and available on the web.
After a provided dinner, the workshop series will continue with an introduction to various web resources. Pat Reece will introduce all of these resources and explain why ranchers should know how to use these websites to gain valuable information vital to making informed drought plan decisions.
On Dec. 12, attendees will learn about drought indicators, plant drought response, and drought planning. Attendees will learn what they need to know to answer these critical questions: How much moisture do we need? How do I decided how many animals I can run this summer? When can I decide? We will start the workshop at 9 a.m. and close by 3:30 p.m.
Ranchers may attend any part or all of the workshop sections. There will not be a registration fee, although registration will be necessary. Watch for more detailed information in November. The workshop is being sponsored by the Yuma County Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.