The "beefSD" program for beginning beef producers is now accepting applications for Class II, which begins this August and runs for the next two years. All beef producers are encouraged to apply; however, applications from beginning ranchers with less than 10 years of experience will be given preference.
"beefSD" is an educational program for beginning beef producers designed
to give participants an opportunity to expand their knowledge of the
cattle industry as a whole, evaluate various production systems, and
develop goals and management plans for their beef business.
class of beefSD was initiated in 2011 as a three-year program with
participants from 30 operations across the state. Class I will be
complete in August of 2013, and a new group of participants will begin
Class II of beefSD, which will be held over the next two years.
Core components of the program include: workshops focused on production
and risk management topics; tours of case-study ranches to examine
various types of beef enterprises; a post-weaning calf performance
evaluation; and two out-of-state travel study trips to expand
participants' view of the beef industry. In addition, participants will
develop mentoring relationships with successful ranchers and industry
professionals to assist them in identifying goals and opportunities for
their own operations.
Click here to read full details of the program, and for the application form.
Applications for beefSD Class II are being accepted now!
"BeefSD" now accepting applications for 2013-15 class