Winter grazing seminar slated for Conrad, Feb. 16

Attention cattle ranchers - don’t miss this event.

This year’s Winter Grazing Seminar will feature some of the top names in the agriculture industry. Come see Fred Provenza, Marni Thompson, Chris Christens, Marsha Goetting and Patsy Houghton in Conrad.

The first day of the seminar will feature Dr. Fred Provenza, professor emeritus from Utah State University, with a very interesting presentation on grazing animal behavior.

This information can be used to assist and improve grazing management on any ranch.

The next speakers will be Marni Thompson, Natural Resources Conservation Service Resource Conservationist, and Chris Christiaens with Farmers Union.

They will share their experience on a successful Cows Eat Weeds project in Pondera County. The original Cows Eat Weeds design was developed by Kathy Voth who used studies from Dr.  Provenza and it’s all about animal behavior.

The first day will conclude with a steak banquet emceed by DNRC’s Ray Beck and will feature entertainment from the Ringling 5.

The second day of the seminar will begin with Dr. Marsha Goetting, Montana State University Agriculture Economics Professor.

She gives a hands-on, real-life presentation on agriculture estate planning. This is something for every Montana ranch family.

The final speaker of the day will be Dr. Patsy Houghton from Heartland Cattle Company in McCook, Neb.

Dr. Houghton is the pioneer of the now common terminology of “professional heifer development”.  Along with heifer development and calf weaning, She is actively involved with cattle health, nutrition and reproduction research at her facilities. The event will conclude with a question and answer panel with all of the speakers at the seminar.

The seminar is hosted by a partnership of the Pondera, Toole, Glacier, and Liberty County Conservation Districts, in cooperation with the Governor’s Rangeland Resources Executive Committee (RREC) and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC).

Registration for the seminar begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday.  Registration fees include meals during the event (lunch & dinner Feb. 16, breakfast and lunch Feb 17), all speakers and entertainment for $45 prior to Feb. 3 and $50 thereafter.

For more information, contact Kody Farkell, Administrator, Pondera County Conservation District at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   (406) 278-7611 extension 101 or Heidi Crum, State Coordinator, Rangeland Resources Program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   (406) 444-6619.