2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 29, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Ranch Management Minor

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

Program Coordinator/Contact

Cody Wright, Professor
Department of Animal Sciences
Animal Science Complex 212

Nicole Klein, Associate Director
Ness School of Management and Economics
Harding Hall 100

Lan Xu, Professor
Department of Natural Resource Management
McFadden Biostress Laboratory 139B

Program Information

A minor in Ranch Management will provide students with a broad, cross-disciplinary training that integrates financial management, grassland management, and livestock management. Each of these components is critical to the success of ranching enterprises. The minor will provide students with a breadth of knowledge critical for success as a ranch manager.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing a Ranch Management minor will be able to:

  • develop a complete ranch management plan including a vision statement, key assumptions, marketing plan, operational plan, and financial plan.
  • describe and implement best management practices for financial data collection, reports and analysis.
  • describe and implement best management practices for grassland ecosystems.
  • describe and implement best management practices for animal husbandry practices for their species of choice.

Course Delivery Format

The Ranch Management minor provides hands-on experiences in the classroom, laboratories, and field trips.