Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersFarm/Crop management (3 years or less), Informal apprenticeship, General college degree, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:Attendance of Ranch Management Consultants “Ranching for Profit” school by Dave Pratt
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.Currently I am working for the Cinch Buckle Ranch near Broadus MT. This ranch runs about 700 pairs and custom grazes 720 yearling steers. My responsibilities include gathering and trailing cattle to new pastures on a high intensive grazing plan, monitoring grass and pasture, building temporary electric fence for paddock subdivisions, general fencing, checking and maintaining water, salt, and mineral, doctoring sick animals on pasture, calving, and feeding hay. I have also worked for Kienenberger’s north of Dodson, MT on the Rocky Ridge Ranch where they produce commercial bulls, replacement and bred heifers, and run approximately 400 mother cows. I further developed my equipment operating and livestock record keeping in this position. I worked for Randy Taylor on his cow/calf operation outside Saco, MT. At the Taylor Ranch I installed new frost free watering systems, hauled hay, and completed other daily ranch tasks. I have been fortunate to be able to work for my uncle Clinton Cox on his ranch north of Whitewater, MT running about 300 mother cows and 120 heifers. I have had the pleasure of learning great stockmanship and stock dog training skills from Clinton over many years.
Counties of interestAnaconda-Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Big Horn, Blaine, Broadwater, Carbon, Cascade, Chouteau, Fergus, Gallatin, Golden Valley, Granite, Hill, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lake, Lewis & Clark, Madison, Meagher, Mineral, Missoula, Musselshell, Park Livingston, Petroleum, Phillips, Pondera, Powder River, Powell, Ravalli, Rosebud, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Teton, Toole, Treasure, Valley, Wheatland, Yellowstone
Acreage11-40, 41-100, 101-500, 500+
Planned OperationHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry)
Farming PracticesConventional, Organic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.My intention would be to run a seasonal custom grazing operation as a foundation and build into a cow/calf and ewe/lamb operation. My business plan implements a combination of low overhead costs mixed with a high degree of management. My goal is to implement a high intensity grazing plan that benefits the both the land and livestock. Long-term I believe this management style will greatly benefit the land as we continue to allow the necessary plant recovery period and grow the maximum amount of grass possible.
Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.I intend to create a grazing plan, use low-stress livestock handling, sync the animals to their environment, stockpile forage, and market to local consumers. For grazing management I would be using electric fence to create smaller paddocks. The smaller paddocks would allow for higher stock densities and shorter grazing periods per paddock. This grazing plan will allow grasses the rest they need in order to survive and thrive. This plan will also greatly benefit the livestock with increased performance and overall health. As part of the cow/calf and ewe/lamb enterprises I would fit the animals to their environment. For example, a smaller framed cow will be able convert lower quality forages into useful nutrition that will maintain body condition in fall and winter months. I plan to calve in sync with nature on pasture to keep labor costs lower and animal health concerns to a minimum. I plan to stockpile forage to be able to graze animals through fall and deep into winter. I would market to local buyers and auction yards for calf and lamb crop sales. I would also implement low-stress livestock handling as it will keep animals calm and in the right frame of mind. In the future I plan on finishing out grass fed beef that would be available to consumers.
Land TenureBuy/Sell, Cropshare, Lease, Partnership, RSA Grass Link, Open to other arrangements
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:I really enjoy learning new things. I would enjoy more information on low stress livestock handling along with trainings on regenerative/sustainable agriculture practices.
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