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Classroom & Coursework

Each course taught in the Ranch Management Program is designed and instructed in a manner that allows a student to apply the knowledge that he or she has gained.

Classes are taught from course syllabi that are based on real-world, applied techniques and information that has been proven economically feasible in the industry.  These syllabi are continually updated to provide the most current, up-to-date information available from the field.


Ranch Operations and Development (RAMA 30102)

Planning and design of fences, corrals, and buildings for the care and protection of livestock.  Economical evaluation of facilities and equipment to provide ethical treatment and care of livestock.  Methods of livestock identification, dehorning, castration, and control of external parasites.  Development of basic skills to implement animal husbandry practices.  Design and budgeting of capital improvements.

Soil and Water Conservation (RAMA 30403)

Management of natural resources pertaining to the ecology of soil formation and development.  Soil characteristics that affect economical production of crops.  Soil and water conservation.  Local, state, and federal conservation agencies and their functions.  State and federal agency assistance programs for conservation practices.  Student prepared coordinated conservation plan implementing economical and ecologically sound management practices.

Management Plan Capstone Course (RAMA 40101)

Prerequisites: Must successfully complete the entire fall semester of Ranch Management coursework with a semester GPA or 2.0 or greater, which includes RAMA 30102, 30403, 40103, 40303, 50503, and 50603.  Co-requisite courses – must remain in good standing with the Ranch Management Program and be enrolled in the complete spring semester of Ranch Management coursework.  These courses include RAMA 30703, 40112, 40313, 40903, 50213, and 50803.  The capstone for the TCU Ranch Management Program requires students to apply knowledge and principles explored through all of their other coursework and learning activities.  Students will design a complete ranch business management plan on an existing ranch land resource and inventory will be used to design and develop a business management plan for two separate enterprises:  (1) cow/calf operation and (2) a stock operation.  The plan should incorporate principles that are sound on both an ecological basis and economical basis, while conserving and improving the ranch land resource.

Due to the nature of the course, as it pertains to the TCU Ranch Management Program, it is important to remind all that if a student does not successfully complete this course, RAMA 40101, with a grade of C or higher, that student will not successfully complete the TCU Ranch Management Program, and therefore, will not receive the Degree or Certificate of Completion in Ranch Management.  There will be no make-up assignments or extra credit projects in this course.  Additionally, there will be no late management plans accepted and there will be no resubmissions of management plans; the Management Plan Capstone course, RAMA 40101, CANNOT be repeated.

Beef Cattle Production (RAMA 40103)

Economics of beef cattle production enterprises.  Selection of breeding cattle based upon evaluation of available natural resources, analysis of production records, and visual appraisal for economically important traits.  Breed selection for the environment where cattle are to be produced.  Analysis of reproductive efficiency, ability to gain weight, and carcass value to enhance marketing opportunities domestically and internationally.  Selection of breeds for crossbreeding based upon economically important breed characteristics.

Animal Health Management (RAMA 40303)

Anatomy and physiology of cattle.  Economically important management practices that address prevention and treatment of disease.  Establishment of vaccination programs for the development of immunity against specific infectious diseases.  Treatment of infectious and noninfectious diseases of cattle, control of internal parasites, bovine toxicology, and ethical treatment of livestock.  Diseases of livestock that are involved in international markets.  Proper techniques in basic veterinary skills and use of equipment.

Range Management (RAMA 50503)

Principles of plant growth and reproduction; economic characteristics and field identification of range plants; ecology of range plants and animals; management of rangeland and associated natural resources for all its uses including setting and adjusting stocking rates, distribution of grazing, grazing methods, and supporting ecologically sound practices that can be applied internationally.  Wildlife conservation and management practices coordinated with domestic livestock production.  Participation in professional organizations for leadership development and community involvement.  Preparation of a management plan with sufficient detail for a year’s operation of the natural and introduced resources.

Ranch Records and Finance (RAMA 50603)

Basic accounting principles to provide the necessary skills to develop enterprise accounting.  Recording of income and expense as they pertain to management of natural resources.  Establishing enterprise budgets to compile cash flow statements.  Development of inventories, net worth statements, and production records.  Economic comparison of the various sources of credit for ranch operations.  Term project in which all records for a year’s operation are recorded and financial statements are prepared.

Ranch Business Management (RAMA 50213)

Business law as applied to ranch managers involved with management of agricultural assets, protection of natural resources, interstate and international trade, personnel management, contracts, and agricultural asset leases.  Business organization.  Estate planning, labor relations, and the ethical application of management principles to ranching.

Animal Nutrition and Feeding (RAMA 30703)

Fundamental practices utilized in analyzing the nutritional requirements of the different classes of cattle in various stages of production.  Balancing the nutritional needs of cattle between available natural resources an supplemental feedstuffs.  Economical analysis of the various feed sources available to producers.  Selection of feeds based upon their composition and cost, formulation, feed quality, and equipment for handling.  Feeding of livestock in confinement utilizing accepted standard practices that are ecological and ethical for the well being of the animals.

Sheep and Goat Production (RAMA 40112)

Economical characteristics of sheep breeds and various crossbreeds.  Comparison of the leading countries involved with wool and lamb production in an international market.  Selection of animals for mutton and wool production in sheep.  Selection of Angora goats for mohair production.  Management practices involved in meat goat production.  Management of confined feeding, grazing, and supplemental feeding of sheep and goats.  Marketing of wool and mohair domestically and internationally.  Control of diseases and predators that affect sheep and goat production.

Animal Health and Reproduction (RAMA 40313)

Anatomy and physiology of the reproductive process of cattle and horses.  Natural and artificial insemination, parturition management, pregnancy examination, and breeding soundness evaluation of sires.  Economic comparison of the various options available in breeding systems.  Evaluation of horses for soundness, treatment of illness and injury, and disease prevention programs.

Marketing of Livestock and Meat (RAMA 50803)

Marketing and financial risk management of livestock, grains, and associated commodities.  Trends in marketing and consumption of livestock nationally and internationally, including meat processing and distribution.  USDA activities, domestic and foreign market outlets, and procedures.  Commodity futures, seasonal and cyclical influences on prices, and selection of time and place to market.  Industry approved ethical livestock handling and transportation of livestock to improve weighing conditions and minimize losses.  Merchandising purebred livestock domestically and internationally.  Marketing and production standards are stressed to provide our graduates with an understanding of industry expectations of their performance.

Forage Production and Use (RAMA 40903)

Grazing management of introduced forages including economic characteristics and ecological management of introduced pasture plants.  Selection of combinations of plant species, native and foreign, for extended grazing.  Conservation tillage, seedbed preparation, and planting of selected plant varieties.  Crop protection methods, inorganic and organic fertilization, irrigation, and grazing management practices.  Forage storage systems for hay, silage, and livestock consumption.  Seed harvest, evaluation, and marketing.  Assessment of student developed Forage Management Plan.