Ranchers, farmers, and rangeland specialists offer conservation advice

Two seminars entitled “Principles of Rangeland Management: Grass and Animal Ecology in Kansas" will provide interested ranchers, landowners, land managers, and others hands-on experience and a chance to learn conservation techniques from other ranchers and land management experts. The seminars are sponsored by the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition, Inc. (KGLC).

KGLC will conduct two seminars. Flint Oak, south of Fall River in Elk County, is the host site for a seminar Aug. 14-16. A second seminar will be held Aug. 21-23 at Camp Mennoscah, south of Murdock in Kingman County.

One of the event's featured speakers is Bob Steger, a rancher and cattleman from Texas. Steger has more than 30 years ranching experience on ranches and more than 27 years experience consulting on multiple-species management and holistic management concepts in Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Missouri, California, Colorado, and New York, as well as Mexico. Steger also has taught at Texas A&M, New Mexico State, Sul Ross State, and Angelo State universities. He has more than 50 years experience with cattle, sheep, goats, and wildlife.

Along with guest ranchers sharing successes and failures, Kansas State University Cooperative Extension range and livestock specialists and Natural Resources Conservation Service range specialists will be on hand to present the latest information on management, production, economics, and ecology of Kansas rangelands. Attendees will learn about Kansas’ rangeland ecology and how to manage their livestock and wildlife enterprises to maintain healthy grasslands. Most learning sessions are in the field.

For more information, contact Ken Sherraden, KGLC co-coordinator, at 785-922-7061 or e-mail at ksherraden@kglc.org.