The Society for Range Management will hold two Successful Ranching Producer Forum sessions on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in conjunction with their annual meeting at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
The morning session will be from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will focus on livestock, wildlife, fire and fence. This session will feature ranchers from Oklahoma and Kansas who will speak on how their management and stewardship practices help make their ranches successful and sustainable. Attendees will learn how one producer uses rotational mob grazing combined with short season forages to reduce labor and cow costs. Another will speak on combining mob grazing with enhanced wildlife management to increase ranch income. Others will speak on the use of patch burning, double stocking, and the use of multiple grazing systems all for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing both profit and the range resource.
The afternoon session will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will focus on coping with the energy industry. Many landowners must share their range resources with the energy industry and learn how to co-exist and be successful while coping with the effects. Attendees will learn areas in which they can have success in the mitigation of surface damages and dealing with the ecological impacts on their property. They will hear how ranchers successfully achieve ranching success while dealing with the effects of the energy industry on his ranch.
"It is important that the rancher understand the limitations and demands of their range resources," said James Rogers, assistant professor. "Ranchers should develop a grazing management system that works best to sustain and enhance those resources that lead to successful ranching rather than choosing a method of grazing off the shelf that may or may not fit their operation. We also know that the energy industry is here to stay, and learning ways for ranching and energy to successfully co-exist is a win-win for all."
For additional details, please visit the Society of Range Management website at www.rangelands.org.