Upcoming Events

Ranch Internship Seminars/Webinars

Dan Scott Ranch Management Program

Montana State University

2022 - 2023 Issues in Ranching Series is focused on ranch internship programs. Webinars are held at 12:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month through March 7, 2023. 




Grazing Management During and After Extended Drought in Montana

Most ranch businesses can readily adjust to one or two dry years in a row, and the effects of short-term drought do not necessitate major changes to most ranch grazing plans. However, three or more successive dry years challenge even the best graziers, stressing their livestock, their finances, and their grazing lands.

Nitrate Toxicity of Montana Forages

This publication outlines strategies for avoiding nitrate toxicity, including proper management, monitoring forage nitrate levels, and appropriate feeding programs.

Alternative Forages for Sheep and Goats in Drought Years in the West

YouTube video outlining forage options. University of Idaho

Right Risk - Tax Implications of Disaster Losses and Weather related Scales of Livestock

Fires, drought, and other weather related disasters can greatly affect farms and ranches. It is important that farmers and ranchers have an understanding of how disasters affect their tax liabilities. 

Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch: A Planning Guide for Great Plains Ranchers

Planning leads to earlier, more effective decisions.  The best time to make drought related decisions is sooner rather than later.

United States Drought Monitor

Up-to-date information on the latest drought conditions in the US

Montana Ag Network: Drought Resources for Ranchers

KRTV report on drought resources available to ranchers

Drought on the Ranch

Drought is inevitable and unfortunately will happen again.  There are things you can do before, during and after to reduce your risk.

Beef Cattle Management During Drought: Reproduction Considerations

Effective drought management strategies for Montana cattle producers should
include individual animal records, managing cattle by sex, age, and nutrient
requirements, use of assisted reproductive technologies to have a higher
proportion of females bred earlier in the breeding season, and having a long-
term plan for marketing flexibility of the herd.

Report Drought Conditions in Your Area

As drought conditions continue to intensify across the region, many farmers and ranchers may feel like there’s not much that can be done. While we can’t make it rain, producers can help by reportions conditions in their area.

Making Grazing Management Decisions After Severe Drought

The severe drought in 2021 makes it necessary to adjust grazing management not only for 2022 but into 2023, especially for pastures that will be grazed in spring and early summer of 2022 or 2023.

Plants Poisonous to Livestock in the Western States

Poisonous plants are a major cause of economic loss to the livestock industry. Each year these plants adversely affect 3 to 5 percent of the cattle, sheep, and horses that graze western ranges. These losses result from death of livestock, abortions, photosensitization, decreased production, emaciation, and birth defects.