A generational transition session as well as a summer grazing tour are scheduled June 11-12 in southwest Nebraska.


Tuesday, June 11

Generational Transition Session at the UNL West Central Research Extension Center near North Platte, featuring ranch estate planning attorney Pam Olsen and a panel discussion by ranchers who have successfully transitioned the operation to the next generation.

The time will be 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Central time). A $15 registration fee includes lunch and is payable upon arrival.


Wednesday, June 12

Summer Grazing Tour – The 2019 tour will feature three southwest Nebraska ranches (see below) that manage different grazing resources, including intensively managed native range and range rescued from invasive Eastern Red Cedar.

The $20 registration fee includes boxed lunch and evening steak fry at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.


The ranches

Shamrock Ranches

Owned and operated by Marlene Moore and Dwight Maseberg, Shamrock Ranches has been in Marlene’s family since 1949.

Since Marlene took over in 1982, the ranch has transitioned from traditional grazing management with minimal pastures to intensive internal subdivision and water development.

Today, the ranch includes 15 miles of pipeline, 37 watering points, 55 miles of electric fence and 73 paddocks ranging in size from 40-140 acres. Range improvement can be seen in the improved balance of cool and warm season grasses, increased percentage of forage harvested, uniformity and quality of forages available to cattle and increased carrying capacity (150%).

Marlene and Dwight have been active participants in Ranching for Profit and the Executive Link for many years. They operate under the premise that “the cow works for us, we do not work for the cow.”


Deatrich Cattle Company

Todd and Tell Deatrich operate a small cow-calf operation in the Loess Canyons south of North Platte. The main portion of the ranch is contiguous acres leased from several landowners.

Several parcels of extra summer grass are also leased around the ranch for grazing yearlings.

The cows run on grass from April until corn stalks are available in the fall. A moderately intensive grazing system is used to manage forage for the cow herd. The cows calve in May and June.

Weaned calves are run on cornstalks and rangeland, supplemented with hay and cake. Steers and replacement heifers are retained and run on grass as yearlings.

Prescribed fire and various mechanical means have been used to control invasive Eastern Red Cedar through cooperation with the Loess Canyons Rangeland Alliance since prescribed burns began, helping start the group and conducting one of the first prescribed burns on the ranch.

Challenges associated with multiple landowners and prescribed fire are numerous. Deatrich Cattle Company is committed to working together, continually looking for more opportunities to expand efforts to restore the rangeland back to its productive state.


Mortensen Farm and Ranch

Mortensen Farm & Ranch is a family owned and operated ranch that was established in 1892. It is operated by the fourth and fifth generation.

The Mortensens have been involved in the Loess Canyon Rangeland Alliance burn group since the early 2000s. They run in the neighborhood of 300 mama cows and are in the process of burning some of their ground for the second and third times since the LCRA originated.


How to register

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 11 for the Generational Transition presentation at the UNL West Central Research Extension Center south of North Platte.  The session begins at 10 a.m. The $15 registration fee includes lunch and is payable upon arrival.

Register from 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12 for the Summer Grazing Tour Registration at Shamrock Ranches south of Wallace. A $20 per person fee is payable on site. The tour begins at 8:30 a.m.

To get to the tour registration site at Shamrock Ranches: At mile marker 50 on Nebraska Highway 25 between Wallace and Hayes Center, go 4 miles west. Do not follow the county road as it curves north. Instead, continue west, cross an autogate, then 3/4 mile on into the Shamrock Ranch headquarters.

Preregister for each event required no later than Friday, June 7 by calling Randy Saner, Nebraska Beef Systems Extension Educator in Lincoln, Logan and McPherson Counties office 308-532- 2683 or e-mailing rsaner2@unl.edu. Specify which activities you plan to attend.

For more information contact Ron Bolze, NGLC Coordinator, at 402-321-0067.

The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition is an independent organization of ranchers, interest groups, and agencies whose mission is to collaborate on projects that improve the management and health of Nebraska grazing lands and ensure long-term stability of rangeland resources.

The NGLC is funded through grants from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA and the World Wildlife Fund-US.