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List of Schools for Cattle Ranching?

Postby BammerinFL » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:59 am

Could anyone point me to a source that lists schools that teach the cattle ranching business? Are there any "trade" or vocational schools that offer courses? I'm not interested in four-year colleges.

I've done Google searches and searches in this forum without any luck.

School location doesn't matter.

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Re: List of Schools for Cattle Ranching?

Postby Craig Miller » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:23 pm

I don't know of any ranch schools near me. I think the field days offered by auburn and other agencies colleges is one way to get some good schooling
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Postby Supa Dexta » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:39 pm

Not sure of any ranching schools - Ag colleges are more geared towards animal and crop sciences. To learn farming and ranching is more of a hands on / work placement type gig.
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Postby TCRanch » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:16 pm

School of hard knocks. Do you know any ranchers that could teach/mentor you? And are you willing to work for cheap (or nothing) for the experience? I'd research Ag colleges near you &/or contact the Extension Agent. Good luck!
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Postby CSM » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:30 pm

Look at Graham in Kansas. This might be what your looking for.
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Postby callmefence » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:30 pm

Learn to weld. Go to work for a year each for a plumber, a electrician, a fence builder and a mechanic.
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Re: List of Schools for Cattle Ranching?

Postby BammerinFL » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:09 pm

CSM wrote:Look at Graham in Kansas. This might be what your looking for.


Thanks. I actually did run across that one in my search.
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Re: List of Schools for Cattle Ranching?

Postby BammerinFL » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:19 pm

callmefence wrote:Learn to weld. Go to work for a year each for a plumber, a electrician, a fence builder and a mechanic.

Thanks. I guess I should have mentioned that I'm 61. :D

I'm looking to retire from my most recent career of 20 years in the IT and computer network field and start another 20 year career raising cattle (and grandkids).

Looks like I might start hanging out at the cattle auctions and pick people's brains. Was hoping to find maybe a community college that had a non-degree type program or workshops or something.
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Re: List of Schools for Cattle Ranching?

Postby Brute 23 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:21 pm

I would be leary of a "ranch school". Most of these places teach "best practices" not what's profitable.

You might be able to piece together your own program. Take some business classes, excel spreadsheet classes, you can probably find some grass management and livestock classes.

If you understand business and can spreadsheet it well... you can learn the cattle part as you go. Most people do it the other way and loose their arss. You have to be able to run your own numbers because you will go broke doing what other people tell you is profitable.
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Re: List of Schools for Cattle Ranching?

Postby wacocowboy » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:16 am

Hang out with some ranchers pick their brains, go help them on their places, I know here locally our county ag agent put on classes about brush and different stuff some interesting stuff, if you know a large animal vet that would let you shadow him you can learn a lot there.
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Postby dun » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:31 am

See if maybe a local community college has an adult ed course, other then that, working with local ranchers/farmers would be a good bet. Might also talk to someone from your state or local cattlemans association.
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Re: List of Schools for Cattle Ranching?

Postby BammerinFL » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:49 am

Thanks for the replies. I have books and videos but I'm the type person that learns better in a live setting. I did find that Texas A&M has some workshops that look good.
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Re: List of Schools for Cattle Ranching?

Postby Bigfoot » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:17 pm

Might as well just jump right in the deep end of the pool. If you can afford it, just do it. A short course, or a workshop, is not going offer enough information to scratch the surface. Maybe a safety net of an experienced person living close is all you need. I remember my dad mentoring an insurance salesman, when I was a kid. That guy runs 100-120 cows now, and his son is a large animal vet.
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Re: List of Schools for Cattle Ranching?

Postby ALACOWMAN » Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:08 pm

Go talk to a doctor or lawyer that's been in the cattle business a year...they know it all....
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Re: List of Schools for Cattle Ranching?

Postby Txpiney » Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:03 am

The Texas A&M beef short course is probably going to be the what you're looking for. I've not been to it, but have heard nothing but good things about it. I've only been running cows for almost 8 years now. I have learned A LOT just from this site. If you can think of anything cattle related, it's been discussed hear more than once.
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