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      UNL Extension is Accepting Applications for 2013 Nebraska Ranch Practicum

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      The Nebraska Ranch Practicum is a three-season, hands-on educational program designed to give participants the skills and education needed in today's complex ranching industry.

      Participants benefit from cutting-edge research in range livestock production and marketing at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory, a nationally-recognized research and education facility.

      Participants will develop the ability to efficiently use decision support tools to critically evaluate numerous management and marketing alternatives dealing with:

      • Grazing strategies and systems,
      • Methods of managing market risk,
      • Calving and weaning dates,
      • Winter livestock nutrition,
      • Cull cow management, and
      • Feed rations and seasonal mineral supplements.

      The registration fee for this eight-session Practicum is $650 if your application is submitted prior to April 19, 2013. The registration fee is $700 if your application is submitted after April 19. Fees for a spouse are $350. All educational materials, noon meals and breaks are included. Participants are responsible for travel and lodging expenses.

      To participate in the Nebraska Ranch Practicum, submit a completed application and a $250 deposit by May 3, 2013. Enrollment is limited to 35, and applicants will be notified of their status no later than May 24. Deposits will be refunded if space is not available. Participants must pay the balance of the registration fee by June 12.

      Go to http://westcentral.unl.edu/web/gudmundsen/nebraskaranchpracticum/application to download an application and see the class schedule and locations.

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