Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersAgriculture-related college degree, Farm/Crop management (3 years or less)
Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.I graduated 12 years ago from Colorado State University with a degree in Agricultural Business/Equine Science and a minor in Range Ecology. I have operated an 860-acre ranch with 60 commercial Angus pairs and hay ground for 3 years. I work off the farm as well, and would like to expand my cattle herd so that I can eventually work on the ranch full time.
Type of OperationHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats)
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.The property that I currently have produces sufficient hay in an average year to support 300 head. Therefore, I would like to expand my cattle herd to 250 pairs. This would be a more viable size, economically, to support my family and would provide some buffer in the drought years. If I have extra hay, I could sell it to diversify my income, or hold heifers back and sell them as bred heifers the following fall.
Transition ArrangementsBuy/Sell, Lease, Partnership, Open to other arrangements
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainIn addition to the arrangements noted above, I would be interested in lease-to-buy options.
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:I feel that I have a solid background in financial management due to my degree and experience. However, I feel that I have more to learn regarding tax management and planning strategies as well as production and marketing management. In addition, further information about financing options for a young and beginning farmer such as myself would be helpful.
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:Veterinarian license