Ranchers, range land owners field day set June 11
Livestock owners, managers and land owners are invited to attend an informative Ranchers Field Day on June 11. We will meet for the field day at Dwight and Nancy Rockwell’s headquarters just west of Wray, Colo. Registration, coffee and rolls will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the ranch headquarters. The field day will begin at 9 a.m. and end by 3 p.m.
Plants tell us a lot about how much the drought has affected them, but only if we know how to read them. Once we know what to look for and what we should ignore, we can make decisions that are more informed.
Attendees will learn how the drought of 2012 has affected the plants found on both sandy and hard ground sites. The group will learn how to look at the plants to judge the health of our own rangeland. Most significantly, we will hear what decisions need to be made and what actions should be taken to protect our ground.
Pat Reece will be our instructor. He has over 30 years of experience working with ranchers and the climatic extremes of the High Plains. Reece’s combined research, Extension and consulting experiences will provide unique insight for dealing with drought. He is a great speaker who gives information we can all understand, take home and use.
If you are leasing rangeland for your cattle, you are encouraged to bring the property owner. If you are a property owner, you are encouraged to bring your lessee. Both of you will gain valuable information from this field day to help you develop a win-win drought management strategy. Young aspiring ranchers are particularly invited to attend.
Grazing management this year is crucial to keeping our rangelands intact. We do not want stories about blowing rangeland in this area.
For more information or to save a lunch, contact the Yuma County Conservation District in Wray, Colo., by June 6. Please call 970-332-3173, ext. 3, or go to the Yuma County Conservation District website at www.ycconservation.com. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no registration fee. Late registrations and walk-ins are welcome, but will not be guaranteed lunch.
To get to the Rockwells’ place, go west of Wray 8 miles or east of Eckley 6 miles on Hwy 34 to County Road Z. Turn south and drive 2 3/4 miles to a lane on the east side. Follow the lane to the shop. There will be signs.