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Ranching for Profit Seminar
at Helmville June 23 & 24

June 10, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder

Ranchers will find ways to increase profit, improve the health of their land and strengthen the relationships in their businesses at a Ranching for Profit seminar at the Helmville Community Center, June 23 and 24. David Pratt of Ranch Management Consultants will conduct the workshop. Topics covered include economics, business structure, ecology, management intensive grazing, and much more.

According to Pratt, ranch productivity has soared since the Second World War, but ranch profit has decreased, range condition has suffered, and life for most ranchers is more stressful than ever. Pratt says, "Most ranch businesses are structured to fail. Seminar participants will learn how to restructure their business to increase profit and improve range condition."

The workshop will be held in two parts. Wednesday evening's session, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m., will focus on keys to increasing ranch profit. Participants will learn the "three secrets" for increasing profit. They will learn a simple method to "crunch" the numbers and learn how to tell what the numbers mean.

Thursday's program, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will emphasize ecology and grazing. Participants will learn a simple, effective method to assess the health of their land. According to Pratt, they will discover management methods that can increase the carrying capacity of their land without seeding, fertilizing, spraying herbicides and other expensive and, at times, counter-productive practices. The field tour following lunch will focus on the practical application of management intensive grazing to improve range health.

Ranchers are encouraged to attend both days, but attending either day would be beneficial. Attending the Thursday morning ecology/grazing program is required to participate in the range tour that afternoon.

This program is co-sponsored by Blackfoot Challenge, Farm Credit & the Chutney Foundation. The cost is $10 per person including lunch. For more information and to RSVP for this program contact Lisa at the Blackfoot Challenge at 406-443-8577 before June 18.

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