GRAINFIELD, Kan. (news release) — K-State Research and Extension entities in Northwest Kansas are joining forces to offer Rancher Rules of Thumb, a workshop focused on taking a look at the rules of thumb ranchers often use to guide decisions on their operations.  The workshop, developed by the University of Wyoming in partnership with the USDA Risk Management Association, will go through rules collected over the last several years from ranchers all over the country, and help producers analyze which rules might make sense on their operation.  You’ll have three chances to catch this workshop; on April 9th at 6 p.m. at the Buffalo Bill Center in Oakley, on April 10th at 1 p.m. at the Norton 4-H Building, and on April 10th at 6 p.m. at the Rawlins County 4-H Building.  Both evening workshops will include supper and the afternoon session will include snacks.

The workshop will feature Bridger Feuz, University of Wyoming Livestock Marketing Specialist, as he takes a hard look at risk management strategies and economic rules for livestock operations.  K-State Research and Extension Specialist Keith Harmoney will present on grazing management, looking at various grazing strategies to promote sustainable pastures and increase livestock gains.  Finally, other K-State Research and Extension Specialists will present on herd management, covering information on utilizing body condition scoring as a management tool.  Thanks to our sponsors, all workshop locations will be free of charge.  However, please RSVP by Friday, April 5th to ensure a meal and/or snacks.

Oakley Location – Contact Clint Bain at (785) 743-6361

Atwood Location – Contact Stephanie Kramer at (785) 626-3192

Norton Location – Contact Alyssa Rippe at (785) 475-8121