Area workshop Dec. 15 on farm, grazing management

A Producing for Profit workshop for cattle and sheep producers is set for Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wilson Fire Hall outside of Winona. Dave Pratt of Ranch Management Consultants will be presenting on farm decisions about farm sustainably and profitably while continually improving the quality of life and land.

Pratt learned ranching from the bottom up, growing up on a small ranch and working for cattle and sheep ranchers in northern California. He holds BS and MS degrees from the University of California and Washington State University and was a range and livestock advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension Service for 15 years. As a part of his responsibilities at Ranch Management Consultants, Pratt has been teaching the Ranching for Profit School in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Africa since 1993.

His insights, advice and practical tools that farmers can immediately put to work include: differentiating between deadwood and profit drivers; eliminating the biggest cost of keeping a cow (hint: it isn’t land, labor or feed); fixing being wealthy on the balance sheet but broke at the bank; and determining the economic impact of management decisions.

The Wilson Fire Hall is located at 29660 County Road 12, Winona MN 55987. From I-90 take exit 252, go north on State Highway 43 for 0.1 mile, turn west on County Road 12 and the fire hall is immediately on the right

Registration cost is $45 per person — including lunch — or $15 for students with a student ID. Participants are encouraged to RSVP to but walk-ins are also welcome. For information, contact Michael Cruse, UMN Extension, at, or Cindy Wolf at

This program is sponsored and/or facilitated by the University of Minnesota Extension, Practical Farmers of Iowa, NRCS, O’Neill Family Farm, SWCD Winona County, Farmers Win Coop, Premier 1 Supplies, North Central SARE and the SouthEast SWCD Technical Support Joint Powers Board.