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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Applied Sustainable Ranching

Highlights

This program focuses on topics relating to creating a sustainable business enterprise; business strategy, financial management, human resources, marketing, operations, and land governance.

Students experience how to create environmentally sustainable ranch enterprises that include the following aspects: soils, riparian and water management, biodiversity and plant needs, grazing management, invasive species, wildlife interactions, urban agriculture interface, medicinal plants, and traditional use sites.

Students develop hands-on skills in humane animal care, stockmanship, dog training, fencing, equipment maintenance and safe operating procedures. They also learn how to identify opportunities for enterprise diversification and touch on key success factors and average production/income benchmarks for sheep, poultry, purebred livestock, greenhouse, vegetables, fruits and berries, on farm processing, value added, farm store, and tourism.

Careers

Ranch hand, ranch manager, equipment salesperson, and irrigation salesperson. Many First Nations communities have ranching operations as part of their economic development arms and have career opportunities ranging from cowboy to land manager to ranch operations manager. In addition, many new people are moving into the ranching industry through succession planning or through buying ranches for the first time.

Admission Requirements

Limited admission

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) or Mature Student Status
  • Students are responsible for finding their own, suitable work experience placement.

Next Steps

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Contact

Specific questions about this program?
Email: admissions@tru.ca
Phone: 250-828-5036