In the Northern Rockies, ranchers not only produce beef, they steward some of the most iconic wildlife habitat, water resources, and native plant communities in North America. The challenges they face are complex and often misunderstood. Whether you are a rancher, student, NGO, or agency worker – you might find yourself asking what tools are available that can help me be more productive and protect the health of this important landscape?
In this clinic, you’ll hear stories of lessons learned by ranchers and experienced range riders. You’ll learn about the many tools ranchers can use to tackle tough issues– including range riding, low-stress livestock handling, predator behavior, carcass management, and community-based problem solving. You’ll take away practical advice and inspiration that may help your ranch or community – wherever you are – address complex issues on the land.
Who should attend?
· Existing and aspiring Range Riders
· Ranchers and/or landowners
· State or Federal Agency Representatives
· NGO professionals
· University students
· Today’s Ranch – understanding history, context, and shifting paradigms
· Strategies for ranching in predator habitat (range riding, fladry, fox lights, carcass management)
· Regenerative grazing management strategies
· Low-stress livestock handling (field practice)
· Predator/prey relationships and cattle behavior
· Community-based collaboration
· Teambuilding and leadership
· Breakout group sessions tailored to participant needs
Please note: Range riding in this ecosystem (rough terrain, predator presence etc) requires perfect teamwork between horse and rider, so we cannot put a group of trainees on unfamiliar horses in this setting. We will spend ample time hiking and working with horses/livestock in the field, but no horseback riding will be included.
Learn more about the benefits of Range Riding here.