Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersAgriculture-related college degree, Informal apprenticeship, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:Ranching for Profit Graduate, AI Technician, numerous agriculture specific professional development and leadership training conferences and seminars
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 work for a non-profit, grassroots agricultural organization in Montana. As the director of state affairs, I lobby full-time communicating agricultural issues and organizational policy to our membership. Primarily, I actively promote and advocate for the ag industry in Montana’s legislature. My husband, Caleb, is the owner/operator of Cargill Fence Company specializing in the construction and design of agricultural fencing and processing facilities. In his role as owner/operator, he manages employees, finances, and has experience bidding and completing state and federal fencing projects. Both of us possess extensive knowledge in hands-on ranch management and day-to-day activities. I was raised on a commercial cattle and hay ranch in south central Montana and Caleb on a commercial cattle and hay ranch in eastern Oregon. In addition to ranching, Caleb's family owned and operated a custom haying business. Caleb and I both participated in the day-to-day operation of our family business’ and have experience in herd health, range management, irrigation, haying, equipment maintenance and financial management.
CountiesAnaconda-Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Big Horn, Broadwater, Butte-Silver Bow, Carbon, Cascade, Custer, Fallon, Fergus, Gallatin, Garfield, Golden Valley, Granite, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lincoln, Madison, McCone, Meagher, Musselshell, Park Livingston, Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Powell, Prairie, Rosebud, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Treasure, Wheatland, Yellowstone
Acreage41-100, 101-500, 500+
Type of OperationHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats)
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.Our goal is to return to ranching and run a low-cost, efficient cow-calf herd and/or a grass fed yearling operation. We are very interested in applying many of the techniques and management styles taught through the Ranching for Profit school. Including, running smaller framed, efficient females, calving in sync with seasonal changes (i.e. late spring, early summer calving), minimal to no supplemental feeding (when weather conditions allow), utilizing varying grazing and range management techniques, and much more. We would like the option to put up a quality hay crop emphasizing nutritional forage value at time of harvest. By minimizing the supplemental feeding of the cowherd, the hay crop would be available to market as an additional enterprise. We are interested in exploring the potential for background feeding lightweight calves and marketing them to other entities. In order to achieve these goals, we realize that proper weed control and range management are a priority. Additionally, we recognize and value the availability of water and understand the steps needed to ensure proper utilization and preservation of developed and natural water resources.
Transition ArrangementsBuy/Sell, Lease, Open to other arrangements
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainWe are open to other types of business arrangements including managing a ranch property with grazing options in lieu of salary. Our ideas regarding this option would be the opportunity to act as ranch managers or property caretakers and take our pre-determined salary out in full or in partial payments in the form of an AUM grazing amount. In this situation, we would be willing to act as full time managers or seasonal managers depending on the owner’s situation. One main benefit of this option is that managers are viewed as a lessee, which would limit the liabilities to the owner versus a typical employee/employer relationship. Goals and management objectives are agreed upon before each lease period and written into the lease as lessee and lessor responsibilities.
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:We would love opportunity to learn more about financing options for cattle purchases as well as operating loan options and requirements. Tax information and planning is a subject that we would wish to explore as well in order to maximize the effectiveness of our year-to-year business planning.