Applied Sustainable Ranching 2017 Accepting New Student Intakes

The new year is about to start and the Applied Sustainable Ranching Program is ramping up for it’s next round of new students. Are you one of them?

See all the interesting career opportunities possible and the benefits from a program that focuses on sustainability and the environment while helping to build better communities.

Apply today.

 

 

Cariboo Chevrolet Buick GMC Entrance Award | Application Deadline: January 15, 2017

Cariboo Chevrolet Buick GMC Entrance Award: Open to current 4-H members and 4-H alumni.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2017

This $5,200 award is open to current 4-H members and 4-H alumni who have been out of 4-H for up to 5 years, in the province of BC who are applying to enter the Applied Ranching Program at the TRU Williams Lake Campus.  Preference will be given to members within the Cariboo Region.

Applicants:

Applicants will be required to submit a 300-500 word essay outlining why they want to enter the Applied Ranching program at TRU Williams Lake campus. Applicants are encouraged to provide information about themselves and outlining any work done in the 4-H program. The successful applicants will have the value of this award credited to their tuition account on a semesterized basis.

Inquiries about this award or the Applied Sustainable Ranching Program should be directed to:

Gillian Watt, Program Coordinator
Cell: 250-319-2367
gwatt@tru.ca

APPLICATION: 

Cariboo Chevrolet Buick GMC Entrance Award 2017

Bill Freding Memorial Entrance Award | Application Deadline: January 10, 2017

TRU is now accepting applications for ASUR 1020 Sustainable Business Enterprise starting January 23, 2017. We are pleased to announce the Bill Freding Memorial Entrance Award. Application Deadline: January 10, 2017

Bill Freding Memorial Entrance Award

The successful applicants will have the value of this award credited to their tuition account on a semesterized basis.

One $5,000 award will be awarded annually to a first year student in the Applied Sustainable Ranching program in memory of Bill Freding, a pioneer in the agriculture industry with a passion for lifelong learning and giving back to the community and industry he loved.

Bill Freding had a deep understanding and commitment to the BC beef industry and was always there to lend a hand, provide insight or attend an event. Bill was a strong supporter of developing the local markets and was on the front line when it came to trying new ideas. Bill was very patient and passionate about teaching newcomers to the industry. He was an instigator of fun, learning and innovation.

Applicant must:

Be a student enrolled in the Applied Sustainable Ranching program at Thompson Rivers University – Williams Lake Campus

Submit an essay of three to five pages that answer the following questions:

  • What has the agricultural industry given you?
  • What can you do to help support the positive face of agriculture in today’s society?
  • What do you see as the most effective means to educate consumers about the beef industry?
  • How are you planning to use the knowledge you gain from the Applied Sustainable Ranching program?

The awards will be applied as a tuition reduction of $1,000 for full-time students and $500 for part-time students at the start of classes in the Fall 2016 semester. The remaining amount will be applied as a tuition reduction for the Winter 2017 semester.

Bill Freding Memorial Entrance Award 2017 Application

PDF available here:

Bill Freding Memorial Entrance Award 2017 Application

Instructions:

  1. Complete all sections of this application form.
  2. Submit a three to five page essay answering the following questions:
  • What has the agricultural industry given you?
  • What can you do to help support the positive face of agriculture in today’s society?
  • What do you see as the most effective means to educate consumers about the beef industry?
  • How are you planning to use the knowledge you gain from the Applied Sustainable Ranching program?
  1. Submit a Grade 12 transcript with your application

 

Personal Information:

Name: (Family, first, middle) _________________________________

Preferred Name: _____________

Street: _____________________________________________________________________

City: _________________________________Province: _____________

Postal Code: ______________

Phone: ______________________________

Email: _________________________________________

Date of Birth: (Y/M/D) ___________________________________Gender:  M  F 

Social Insurance number_______________________

TRU student number (if available) _____________

Education Information:

Name of secondary school currently attending or last attended: _________________________________

School phone number: _________________________

Fax number: _____________________________

Anticipated graduation date from secondary school (if applicable): _______________________________

Declaration:

I hereby certify that the information submitted in the preceding section and in my personal essay is, to the best of my knowledge, complete and accurate. I authorize the release of all secondary school interim and final grades to Thompson Rivers University.

Should I be awarded an award, I agree that my name may be released to scholarship donors and my secondary school and may appear in a published list of award winners.

Signature: _________________________________________

Date: ____________________________

  • Please note that only successful applicants will be notified. If special circumstances exist (such as the recipient being medically unfit or being the recipient of another scholarship), TRU may, at the discretion of the Financial Aid and Awards Office, defer the period of acceptance for a maximum one year. The student is not permitted to defer the award to future years.
  • Should the award recipient withdraw during the first or subsequent semesters of the period of study for which the award is granted, the balance of the award will be cancelled.

Submit your application and essay to:

Student Awards and Financial support

Email: awards@tru.ca

Please enter “Bill Freding Memorial Award” as the subject line of your email.

Emailed applications are required

 

Stock Dog Training Seminar with Lorne Landry

Students made their way to 105 Mile to visit the Sandhill Lea Ranch, home of Lorne Landry and his amazing stock dogs.  Lorne holds sheep dog trails on his property and he invited students to bring their dogs out to his ranch so they could get a taste of stock dog training.

Lorne's Ranch Sandhill Lea, home to his amazing stock dogs

Lorne produces grass fed beef and lamb and he has working stock dogs to help him out. Lorne’s stock dogs are trained to bring the lambs out to the pasture and to bring them back in. It was truly an amazing sight to see his dogs work. Calmly,with precision the dogs can move the flock one way or another, and go bring them home! Even from a very very far distance Lorne’s dog knew what it was supposed to do and did it effectively.

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Working with the instincts of these herding dogs is the key to having a successful working stock dog.  I think we left this stock dog clinic with a whole new appreciation for how a dog can work at a really high level and how this could be such a beneficial relationship and function on a ranching or farming operation.

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Students got a chance to bring their dogs in with the sheep to participate, and try it out. Lorne was great. I think we were all a little scared of how the dogs were going to react, but Lorne was a great instructor and within a few minutes we could see what he was trying to get the dog to do and he took control when needed to make sure the sheep were safe and that the dog knew its role. IMG_3249

 

All in all, a fantastic day with Lorne and students with the Applied Sustainable Ranching program. I know, for me- I want to get all the books he recommended and keep learning more.

 

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Class Field Day

The TRU ranching students have been busy at week on the third module of their program, ASUR 1030 Environmentally Sustainable Ranching.

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Once a week, the students come to the university to discuss their projects and assignments and participate in a field day. Last Friday, they were lucky to have Verna Miller and Brenda Walkem attend their presentations on native plants.

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They were then treated to a field walk with Cecelia Derose, who showed them how to make “Indian ice cream.”

Cecelia took them berry picking, where they picked Hooshum, also known as soopolallie berries, and then proceeded to show them how to make this delicious treat.

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Just another day of class for the ranching students!

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ASUR 1030 Speaker Series: Supporting Native Pollinators and Beneficial Insects & Invasive Species

Join us at TRU on June 30 for another informative TRU Ranching speaker series! Master Gardeners Elaine Sedgman and Fearon Blair will be here to talk about native pollinators and how pollinators can affect range land management.

Bob Drinkwater will be on hand to discuss invasive species, how to identify native plants and factors considered in developing prescriptions and treatment options for management.

To register for this exciting seminar, please call 250-392-8000.TRUWL_ASR_Seminar_JUNE_30_Page_1 TRUWL_ASR_Seminar_JUNE_30_Page_2

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Thanks for visiting the TRU Ranching blog! Here you will find information on this exciting program. There will be photos of the students and the projects they are working on, information on upcoming speakers in the TRU Ranching Speaker Series and information on how to apply for the program. Check back often to stay up-to-date on this innovative and exciting program!