Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Courses

Weeds-2

 

ASUR 1010
Residency Week (January)
Campus

  • Introduction to Moodle learning management system
  • Farm and Ranch Safety
  • Three days of ranch tours across the region looking at a variety of enterprises, business strategies and stewardship issues

ASUR 1020
Business Enterprise (February - April)
Credits: 9

  • Building a business strategy
  • Enterprise costing
  • Financing your bsiness
  • Marketing and logistics
  • Human resources
  • Succession planning
  • Land resources, BC and Aboriginal governance
  • Communications, conflict resolution and conflict management

ASUR 1030
Environmentally Sustainable Ranching (May - July)
Credits: 9

  • Soil health
  • Biodiversity and plant needs
  • Grazing management
  • Watershed and riparian systems
  • Wildlife interactions and predators
  • Invasive species
  • Urban agriculture interface
  • Medicinal plants, traditional use sites and archeological factors

ASUR 1040
Hands-on Skills and Diversification (August - October)
Credits: 9

  • Humane animal care standards and market relevance
  • Designing fences and handling systems, flight zones and moving
  • Horsemanship
  • Basic dog handling
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Fencing
  • Key success factors, production and revenue benchmarks for
    • Sheep, poultry, pork purbred livestock
    • Greenhouse, vegetables and fruit
    • Berries, landscape horticulture and apiaries
    • On-farm processing, value-added farm store and agri-tourism

ASUR 2010
Beef Production (November - December
Credits: 5

  • Nutrition through the life cycle
  • Herd healh
  • Parasitology and pasture management
  • Genetics and designing a breeding program
  • Finishing, processing and lean meat yield
  • Marketing plan, product costing and pricing

ASUR 2020
Sheep Production (January - February)
Credits: 5

  • Nutrition through the life cycle
  • Flock health
  • Parasitology and pasture management
  • Genetics and designing a breeding program
  • Finishing, processing and lean meat yield
  • Marketing plan, product costing and pricing

ASUR 2030
Winter Forage Production (February - March)
Credits: 5

  • Considerations on production versus purchasing and methods to extend grazing season
  • Equipment requirements to match your needs
  • Choosing your seed mix and best practices
  • Cultivation, seeding and fertilization
  • Harvesting and storage
  • Marketing plan, product costing and pricing

ASUR 2040
Agri and Soft Adventure Tourism (April - May)
Credits: 5

  • Introduction to tourism
  • Cultural communications
  • Experience creation and product development
  • Information technology in tourism
  • Tourism strategy under varying conditions
  • Applied project

ASUR 2050
Final Business Plan Development (May - June)
Credits: 5
Completion of a business plan and five-year financial plan for the entire operation designed under this program, using existing or virtual ranch/farm lands. This will include

  • Business strategy
  • Human resources plan
  • Environmental and range use plan
  • For each enterprise: operations, marketing and financial plan
  • Overall financial projections and staements for three years