Ranchers and other stakeholders will have a chance to learn about and discuss sustainable beef production, and gain first-hand experience in cattle and range management practices, during the first annual Ranch Sustainability Forum in Sheridan, Wyo. on May 12 through 14. Hosts for the forum include Sheridan College, Padlock Ranch, Wayne Fahsholtz’s AgWin Group, First Interstate Bank and the University of Wyoming.

Program planners intend the forum to provide informational resources and tools for ranch stakeholders that will help provide healthy and sustainable ranches in 2020 and beyond.

Bob Langert, McDonald’s vice president for corporate sustainability will deliver a keynote dinner address during the forum.

The program kicks off on May 12 with optional hands-on sessions. Rancher and stockmanship expert Whit Hibbard will lead a session on low-stress animal handling at Sheridan College, which will continue the next day. At the Padlock Ranch, Charlie Orchard, with Land EKG, will teach rangeland monitoring techniques to a limited group of 20. That session also will take place on the 12th and 13th, with a cost of $200, which is half the usual rate for the training.

Symposium sessions on May 14 include:

  • Dr. Paul Young – Agriculture at Sheridan College
  • Wayne Fahsholtz – “Why Are We Talking about Sustainability?”
  • Dr. Jude Capper – “Marketing in a World of Sustainability Concerns.”
  • Burke Teichart – “Three Keys to Healthy Ranch Businesses”
  • Dr. Trey Patterson – “Real Life, Low Cost Replacement Heifer Strategies”
  • World Wildlife Federation speaker – “Why WWF is concerned about ranching”
  • Brian Mealor – University of Wyoming; Range Weed Status and Control

Additional information is available online.

For reservations call Emily at Padlock Ranch 307-655-2264 or e-mail emily@padlockranch.com.