Curt Pate Stockmanship Clinic

TRU Applied Sustainable Ranching program is hosting a Stockmanship and Vaccine Protocols clinic with instructors Curt Pate and Gordon Colliar. Join us as a rider for the clinic- we have a few spaces available. $300 for the three full days. Happening at the Williams Lake Stampede grounds.

To register, contact:
Gillian Watt, Program Coordinator
Applied Sustainable Ranching
250 319 2367 (c)
email: holmwoodfarm@gmail.com

Update on TRU Ranching Program: Sept 2018

Sept 2018 Update on TRU Ranching Program

Courses Running This Fall

The third cohort of students began orientation week (ASUR 1010) on August 27-31.  Thanks to all those producers (14 in total) who hosted the student field trips and/or took part in the classroom welcoming session.   ASUR 1040 (Applied Skills and Diversification) is now running from Sept 4-Nov 25.  The only second year course that will be offered this fall will be ASUR 2020 (Sheep Production)  from Oct 15-Nov 25.

Laddering and Dual Credit Program

Olds College – ASUR Graduates can ladder into third year of their Applied Agribusiness Degree

TRU Kamloops – ASUR Graduates – ladder into Natural Resource Science program (36 credits)

  • Ladder into Bachelor of Business Administration (30 credits)

Dual Credit program has now been developed for TRU Ranching program with School District #27 – students in grade 12 can take the ASUR 1020 course and obtain credits for both high school graduation and the course work in the ASUR program.  Thanks to Dave Corbett at SD #27 for his work on this.  For more information call Dave at: 250 398 3823

Host Ranches

At the moment there are 9 students on host ranches and there are currently 15 host ranches in total that will take students on at different times of the year.  This fall the coordinator, with input from the students, the host ranches and Reg Stewart from Ag Safe, will be formalizing the host ranch agreements and learning competencies for work based training.  This is to ensure that the students can have their applied skills competencies checked off by the host ranches as they progress through the work based training portion of the program.

If you are interested in being a host ranch, please contact Gillian Watt at 250 319 2367.

Upcoming Highlights

Sept 25-27 Curt Pate Stockmanship Clinic at WL Stampede Grounds – BC Livestock Co-op, Vanderhoof will be co-hosting this clinic and will be sending staff down to participate.  Thanks to the WL Stampede Association and Zoetis for helping to sponsor this event.

Sept 29 – Beef and Beer Grad Celebration and First Annual Bull Pen presentations where graduating students will pitch their business plans to a panel of industry experts who will provide feedback.  Everyone is welcome to attend this event.

Bull Pen – 1:30 pm start

Beef and Beer Tasting Celebration – 5:00 start

 

 

TRU GRIT ENTRANCE AWARDS 2018: Deadline July 31, 2018

TRU GRIT ENTRANCE AWARDS 2018

TRU Grit Entrance Awards: Application Deadline July 31, 2018. TRU Grit has awards available of $2000 for full-time students and $1000 for part time students. See the application here Apply to TRU GRIT

Application Requirements

To be eligible for the TRU Grit Entrance Award, applicants must:

  • Be a student attending a full-time or part-time post-secondary program at Thompson Rivers University – Williams Lake Campus. First-time students will be given priority, but all applications will be considered
  • Hold a 70 percent average or better in two Grade 12 semesters
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Students who demonstrate a financial need will be given a higher priority
  • Students who have received other TRU Entrance Awards are not eligible for this award

The awards will be applied as a tuition reduction of $1,000 at the start of classes in the Fall 2018 semester. The remaining $1,000 will be applied as a tuition reduction for the Winter 2019 semester.

New Opportunity | Provost, Alberta Cow-Calf Operation

Opportunity: Provost Alberta

Wanted: Employee for cow-calf operation. We are looking for a half-year full-time employee at our home quarter between Provost, Alberta and Unity, Saskatchewan. We value environmental and sustainable ideas, are doing 100% grass-fed beef.

This is a salaried position on organic ranch near Provost, Alberta, winter feeding and calving Nov.15-May 15, generally half-year full-time.  No accommodation but mobile home on serviced lot rent-free OK.  Piggybacking OK (we’re totally OK with someone wanting to get into the industry piggybacking off our operation).  $12,000-$16,000/year depending experience with performance bonus. Email: nathan@tangosmeats.com.

See more here: http://youngagrarians.org/ranch-job-sp-cattle-company/

Proposed BC Meats Centre of Excellence: May I meeting of steering committee and interested parties

Notice to Producers,

You are Invited-  May 1: Meeting of steering committee and interested parties

A preliminary steering committee has been put together for this proposal. A funding application have been submitted. We have begun collecting a list of interested parties.

We have set a meeting time on May 1 from 4-7 pm at TRU in Williams Lake. The room number will be posted at the entrance to TRU. We will have the Dean of Science from TRU, Tom Dickinson attending via web conferencing.

Please attend if you can. If you know others that should attend please let me know and pass this information on to them.

I am attaching a one page summary of the proposed Centre of Excellence.

Summary BC Meats Center of Excellence Dec 2017

 

I am looking forward to seeing you all.

Out agenda will include:

  1. Scope of the project
  2. Business models: prospect of a value chain for an abattoir
  3. Steering committee membership
  4. Updates: funding applications and completed work ( Ministry of Agriculture funded proposal development work)
  5. Information needs (cost of production data for example) and gaps known at this time
  6. Contributions to project by project partners eg. In kind from managers and accountants on production costs of value chain members.

Please advise if you are attending by return email to David : davidzirnhelt@hotmail.com

Sincerely,

David Zirnhelt/Acting Chair Steering Committee CoE