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70th SRM Annual Meeting & Trade Show

Red Rock and Rangelands

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St. George, UT
January 29 - February 2, 2017

Student Recruitment
Rangeland Careers
ranchers forum

Welcome to the Ranchersʼ Forum!

There have been "Rancher Forum" sessions at SRM Annual meetings for at least 20+ years, sometimes advertised as Rancher Sessions. These were some of the best attended "technical" sessions often with large rooms and still ending with standing room only.

The following are sessions that were provided January 31, 2012 at SRM's 65th Annual Meeting in Spokane, WA.

The topics included:
• Keeping the Family Ranch in the Family, Ranch Succession
• Crooked Calf Syndrome, Lupine Induced Calf Deformity
• Sage Grouse, the Rancherʼs Spotted Owl?



family ranchKeeping The Family Ranch in the Family, Ranch Succession

Ron Hanson, agricultural economist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a well known speaker sought by farm groups throughout rural America for his humorous, thought provoking, and instructive presentations. He addresses "what if family issues" of passing a ranching operation from one generation to the next while avoiding personal conflicts, feuds, and a mess of legal problems when settling the family estate. Ron spices up his presentation with tips on family communication and multi-generational ranching.

family ranch
Crooked Calf Disorder in Washington's Channeled Scablands and Beyond

This lupine induced deformity plagues central Washington ranches sporadically with serious outbreaks occurring about once a decade when upwards of 50 percent of a ranchʼs calf crop can be deformed. Clive Gay, retired from WSUʼs College of Veterinary Medicine, gives an overview of Crooked Calf Syndrome in Washington and discusses year to year and species variations in lupine toxicity. Roy Clinesmith, who ranches in the middle of Washingtonʼs crooked calf country, describes outbreaks on his ranch and how he attempts to steer clear of them. Kip Panter of USDAʼs Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory in Logan Utah describes the history of Crooked Calf research at PPRL and the important research findings regarding lupine toxins, how they work, animal behavior and taste preferences for lupine, and strategies to reduce Crooked Calf Syndrome.

Clive Gay
Clive Gay Bio

Roy Clinesmith
Roy Clinesmith Bio

Kip Panter
Kip Panter Bio


family ranchSage Grouse: Could This Bird Be The Rancher's Spotted Owl?

Biological and ecological needs of sage grouse are explained by Mike Schroeder of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Endangered Species Act as it relates to sage grouse is discussed by environmental attorney Jessica Ferrell of Marten Law in Seattle. The Sage Grouse Initiative, NRCSʼs recent initiative to conserve sage grouse habitat through sustainable ranching, is addressed jointly by NRCS SGI coordinator Tim Griffiths of Bozeman and SGI science advisor David Naugle of the University of Montana, Missoula.

Miike Schroeder
Mike Schroeder Bio

Jessica Ferrell
Jessica Ferrell Bio

Tim Griffiths & David Naugle
Tim Griffiths Bio
David Naugle Bio



We would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors and the speakers!

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