TWIN FALLS — Burke Teichert, a Wyoming native and regular contributor to Beef Magazine, will speak Wednesday at the Idaho Range Livestock Symposium at the Herrett Center for Arts and Science on the College of Southern Idaho campus.

Teichert has 37 years of ranching experience and will speak about managing ranch resources in each of four daylong sessions in southern Idaho. He also will talk about matching the size of your cow herd and calving season to fit the best available resources.

“No matter where you’re at with cattle management and resources, it seems we always can learn how to improve management and the bottom line,” Scott Jensen, University of Idaho Extension educator for Owyhee County, said in a statement.

Also, Karen Launchbaugh, director of the UI Rangeland Center, will speak about highlights from a sage grouse and grazing study that looks at the effects of spring grazing on sage grouse nesting success. Launchbaugh has studied spring livestock grazing and its affects on sage grouse, since 2012.

“The effects of spring livestock grazing on sage grouse are often debated,” Launchbaugh said. “Some people view livestock as a significant threat to sage grouse. Others argue that spring livestock grazing may have a large-scale, positive impact on sage grouse because spring grazing may reduce fuel loads and result in fewer and smaller wildfires. No empirical data are available to assess either claim.”

Ranchers should be interested in her study because the findings could have an impact on public grazing decisions, including terms and conditions, Jensen said.

In addition, the following speakers will make presentations:

  • Rex Hoagland of CS Beef Packers will talk about options for cull cattle. CS Beef Packers new processing plant in Kuna may provide improved economic options for ranchers who need to sell cull mother cows or bulls for their meat value, Jensen said. The meatpacking plant specializes in meat cuts from cattle that often are seen as being low value, but may have more value than ranchers might think. Having a processing plant closer to Idaho ranch locations may improve prices for cull cattle.
  • Roger Blew will talk about writing effective public comments to influence environmental studies and decisions being made by public lands management agencies.
  • Jesse Fulton will explain the high points of the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit. The audits typically highlight defects in cattle carcasses that can have an impact on the bottom line and progress being made to address those defects.

To register for the symposium, go to www.ui.edu/cnr/rangeland-center and click on the RSVP button.

The symposium and lunch are sponsored by the UI Extension Service, Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, Idaho Department of Lands, Idaho’s National Resources Conservation Service and Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Cattle Association, Idaho State Department of Agriculture and allied industry sponsors.

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