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?
Keeping 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.
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.
Sage Grouse: Could This Bird Be The Rancher's Spotted Owl?
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.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors and the speakers!