Applied Sustainable Ranching

Become a leader. Revitalize the agricultural industry with sustainable ranching through TRU.

The Applied Sustainable Ranching program is a 60-credit program, the first of its kind in British Columbia. This program allows you to gain practical experience on farms or ranches of your choice, learning hands on skills for the enterprises you are interested in pursuing. From beef and sheep production to pasture poultry or pork as well as many other greenhouse, vegetable and fruit and berry enterprises, the program has host farms for you.

At the core of the program is gaining a solid foundation in business and enterprise management as well as learning how to practise regenerative agriculture in a variety of ecosystems and production systems. In-class and/or online courses in business and enterprise diversification teach you to how to assess, select and develop each enterprise, in order to plan for success. Business courses include strategy, financial management, marketing and human resources while natural resource science courses include soil health, range ecology, grazing management, riparian management and many others. The tools you gain will allow you to build and manage a diversified and resilient farming operation or agricultural business in BC, across Canada and around the world.

What to expect

  • Participate in real-life farm or ranching operations in BC.
  • Gain employment-ready experience.
  • Understand how ranch and rangeland ecosystems react to management decisions.
  • Understand livestock needs and how to best manage the natural environment to produce nutritious proteins to feed the world.
  • Learn to design farming or ranching enterprises that fit the environment and resources while providing a return on investment.
  • Experience a program that is built in BC to address the needs of the local ranching environment but the skills can be applied to anywhere in the world.
  • Learn to develop and fine-tune enterprise management around the unique market opportunities and environment in your region.

Whether you are already part of the farming and ranching community or you are a newcomer, the interdisciplinary and practical, hands-on approach of the ASUR program will help you successfully lead and enhance the future of regenerative agriculture and building resilient community food systems.

Careers

As a graduate of the ASUR program you may discover career opportunities within areas such as:

  • Agriculture entrepreneur
  • Ranch or farm manager or enterprise manager
  • Farm manager trainee
  • Land or range manager
  • Forest Service — range technician
  • Development corporation manager
  • Food sovereignty coordinator
  • Banking — agriculture account manager
  • Trainee with consulting company
  • Customer service or retail manager — irrigation, seed or equipment sales

You can also use your ASUR diploma (GPA minimum requirement) to ladder into the third year of the Olds College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Agribusiness. If you decide to branch out and apply your knowledge to another profession, you can also transfer credits gained into TRU’s Natural Resource Science program or the Bachelor of General Studies.

Application requirements

Admission is limited. Admission is offered on a first-applied, first-qualified (completed application and all requirements met) basis. It is important to complete your application as soon as possible to ensure the best chance of securing a seat.

Educational requirements

  • High school graduation or mature student status.
  • Foundations of Mathematics 11 with a minimum C (or equivalent)
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 (or equivalent)
  • Students are responsible for finding their own suitable work experience placement.

Additional requirements

  • A good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Access to a reliable internet source
Course Schedule

Completion of 32 credits will get you a certificate. The full 60 credits is required to get a diploma.

Courses
Course Title Length Credits
ASUR 1010 Introduction—Residency Lab One week 2
ASUR 1020 Sustainable Business Enterprise 12 weeks 10
ASUR 1030 Environmentally Sustainable Ranching 12 weeks 10
ASUR 1040 Skill Development and Diversification 12 weeks 10
First year total 32
ASUR 2010 Beef Production Six weeks 6
ASUR 2020 Sheep Production Six weeks 6
ASUR 2030 Winter Feed Production Six weeks 5
ASUR 2040 Soft Adventure and Agri-tourism Six weeks 5
ASUR 2050 Final Applied Project Six weeks 6
Second year total 28
Two year total 60

Inquiries and Advising

Phone: 250-392-8000
Email: wlmain@tru.ca

Admissions

Phone: 250-392-8020
Email: wladmissions@tru.ca