RANGE DAYS COMING TO SHELBY, MT
June 20-22, 2022
The 45th Annual Montana Range Days will be hosted by Toole County Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service on June 20-22, 2022. Shelby High School Ag Educator, Thad White said, “We are excited to have hundreds of students and adults in Shelby and back out on the range to learn about Montana’s largest natural resource, rangeland!”
“Montana Range Days is an excellent way for anyone ages 4-99 to learn more about the land that surrounds us all. It’s a way for professionals to share their knowledge and pass it on to the next generation of agriculture producers and current producers to learn more. It’s also a way to understand how ranchers interact with the environment and enhance it. Categories such as plant ID, plant anatomy, range inventory/monitoring, soils, and stocking rates will be covered on Tuesday by experts from the USDA at each of the educational sites.
MRD is also a competition. Participants have many events they can compete in, including illustrated talks, plant collections, and range exhibits. All of which will be on display for the public to view. Additionally, there will be a test on Wednesday morning. The title ‘Top Range Hand’ award will be awarded to the youth aged 15-19 who score highest in all of these categories and the test. Other awards include Top Greenhand (FFA), Top Wrangler (aged 12-13), Top Super Starter (aged 9-11), Top Open Adult (aged 20-99), and Top Rancher (active rancher).
In addition to the youth workshops and contests, the host committee has planned some great local tours for ranchers to learn about range management and issues in the Golden Triangle area of Montana. There will be lots of fun and educational workshops where you can learn about precision farming, high resolution scouting, and grazing management especially during drought conditions to name a few.
45th Annual MT Range Days Tentative Schedule of Events
Monday, June 20th
White reported that the Tour on Tuesday morning will start out viewing Legend’s Park and Carousel in Shelby, then they will head out to Torgerson’s LLC at Ethridge. At Ethridge they will learn about the history of Torgerson’s, Precision Farming, Scouting, and On Farm Trials.
The Hill County Conservation District will have a drone demonstration. Then the group will travel to Oilmont, MT to KW Insurance-Happy Steer Ranch to see some sustainable grazing management. The last stop on the tour will be to visit an active oil/gas well hosted by MCR, LLC.
Tuesday, June 21, Marias River Livestock Association will be holding their Mid-Year Membership meeting in conjunction with Range Days. They have invited Vicki Olson to be the guest speaker for the beef dinner. Vicki is a lifetime rancher from Phillips County who is presently Chairman of the Public Lands Council. She is also part of the group who is trying to stop the American Prairie Reserve in eastern Montana. The beef banquet starts at 5 p.m. with Vicki speaking at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, participants will load the buses and tour CHS, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Bar S Feedlot and Big Sky Wholesale Seeds all in Shelby, MT.
Some of the highlights of MRD are camaraderie and food. Some of the best Montana-raised lamb and beef will be shared with the participants giving everyone a chance to visit and enjoy some fellowship. Whether the kids are staying in a tent, camper, or one of Shelby’s fantastic hotels, MRD is the place to be this summer!
Please let Thad White know if you or anyone from your organization will be able to attend this year’s Montana Range Days. For more details about the program, including photographs, registrations, and information about tours, workshops, etc., go to their website at www.MontanaRangeDays.org.
White commented, “Thanks to the help of sponsors, the Montana Range Days has accomplished so much in the past 44 years.” He estimated that there have been close to 12,100 participants over the years with ninety-three students receiving $1000.00 scholarship money to pursue college degrees. “MRD cannot happen without support from local and state businesses. The money raised comes from sponsors far and wide. It can’t be overstated how much we appreciate the donations of time and money that help this cause”.