Wednesday, November 3, 2010

LLL 2011 - #5!

Our 2011 date has been confirmed! Join us on Wednsday & Thursday June 15-16th at Camp Kindle near Water Valley, AB.

Do you remeber what grass this is?

We have an exciting and informative line-up of topics and speakers this year. We are going to start out with a Low Stress Livestock Handeling session with Dylan Biggs from TK Ranch, followed by an afternoon of Riparian Health, and Tame/ Native Pasture Health out in the field with Kelsey Spicer-Rawe, Amanda Halawell and new to the agenda, Angela Burkinshaw.

Make sure you join us on the evening of the 15th to hear stories and music from the  Genuine Cowgirls around the campfire.

Day 2 will include Livestock Genetics with Elisa Marques from Beefbooster, and breakout sessions; Native Plants, Weed Identification/Control with former Olds College instructor Carol Bubar, and discuss oil and gas with Jim Kiss from the Farmers Advocate of Alberta. We will finish up with "Whats new and interesting in range management" with Chris Nykoluk from Ag. Canada, Fencing with Marvin Jackson from Sundog Solar, and Winter Watering Systems With Jason Wright from Cap Solar.

* Please note that this schedule is tentative.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

LLL 2010

The 2010 lessons were a huge success, the rain stopped just in time for our outdoor sessions, and our facilities at the Pine Lake Salvation Army Camp were excellent.  In the evening we had a visit from Napi the burrowing owl  thanks to Operation Grassland Community, and a film festival of ranching stewardship stories from around Alberta (with popcorn) and of course, smores around the Fire Pit.

Our speakers this year were excellent and we hope to invite some of them back again next year.

Chris Ullmann, Alberta Agriculture CFO extension specialist 
Manure Management 101

Chris Ullmann, is a CFO extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture. In his position he helps producers, and other citizens in Alberta understand the provincial legislation which addresses Manure Management - The Agricultural Operation Practices Act. (AOPA).
Contact: 403-755-1475,

Elisa Marques Beefbooster Inc.
Livestock Genetics

Jennifer Woods,  J. Woods Livestock Services
Compromised Cattle – Are they fit for transport?

Cynthia Pohl
Xeriscape Gardening

Ken Lewis, Red Deer County,  Conservation Coordinator
Fencing, Watering Systems

Lorraine Miller, L&L Stock Co.
A good stock dog is worth its weight in gold

Lorraine started using border collies quite a few years ago when she was riding pens at a feedlot. She started to train them on sheep and cattle and would quite often ride pens by herself with a dog. Lorraine and her husband Lee compete in stock dog trials in the summer. They currently run 100 ewes and raise and train registered border collies and quarter horses.

Marvin Jackson, Sundog Solar
Fencing, Watering Systems

Susan Skinner, Operation Grassland Community
OGC and Me: How ranching helps Species At Risk in AB!

Susan Skinner is the Program Co-Manager of Operation Grassland Community,  a grassroots stewardship program that works directly with landholders in Alberta to secure and enhance prairie wildlife habitats for species at risk. Operation Grassland Community believes that prairie habitats can be wisely used, ensuring the sustainability of both wildlife habitats and agricultural livelihoods.

Susan has a Master's degree in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Saskatchewan where she studied grassland bird communities in southern Saskatchewan.  Susan spent several years working on grassland bird research projects in Alberta and in Saskatchewan before joining OGC in the fall of 2008.  She is now very excited to be part of an organization that uses research findings to develop and implement real-life stewardship tools for the benefit wildlife and ranchers in Southern Alberta.

Susan currently lives in Prince Albert, SK where she has a very long commute to field work every season!

Contact: 306-763-1069,

Dr. Corinne Eliason, Olds College Instructor
Beef Herd Health

Amanda Halawell, Cows and Fish Range Specialist
Setting Sustainable Stocking Rates

Kevin France, Sustainable Resource Development
Stocking Your Pasture: Understanding your forage resource