Tri River Area CSU Extension - To provide information, education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge to the communities of Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties.
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Doug Dean is the Tri River Area Livestock and Range Extension Agent. He aims to provide leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in Livestock and Range Management in the Tri River Area. Doug specializes in range management issues, range monitoring, livestock management, rotational grazing systems, grass hay production/improved pastures, weed control, small and large acreage issues, ranch management, and  wildlife management. Doug brings an array of knowledge to the Tri River Area with his MBA and Range/Wildlife Management degree, as well as real life experiences and knowledge he has gained through working in the field.

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Doug Dean, Livestock and Range Extension Agent
TRA Area Director

Phone: 970-244-1834


Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) Insurance: A possible Drought Management Tool for Colorado Ranchers:
  • Agriculture production is a financially risky business. Forage losses from drought are common occurrence on Colorado pastures and rangelands. For more information click here
Strategies for Beef Cattle Herds During Times of Drought, v2011:
  • This “decision aid” is designed to help cow-calf producers compare the financial consequences of alternative management strategies during times of limited grazing forage, e.g. drought. For more information click here
Weather-Related Sales of Livestock:
  • There are provisions in tax law which attempt to cushion producers from consequences of adverse weather-related livestock sales. For more information click here
Using Partial Budgeting to Analyze Drought Management Strategies:
  • To minimize financial hardship under drought conditions, partial budgeting is a tool that can be used to compare different management strategies. For more information click here.
Windrow grazing trail in the Tri River Area:
  • Windrow Grazing has been used successfully in Canada, Wyoming, the San Luis valley and Gunnison, Colorado. Windrow grazing involves cutting the forage when it is at the optimal nutrition level and raking it into windrows. Animals are allowed to graze the windrows at a later point. A trial was set up in the fall of 1998 near Hotchkiss, Co on the Campbell Ranch. The test area is a tall fescue grass hay field that had traditionally been harvested in June and August with an additional fall grazing. For more information click here.

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USDA Grant to Conduct Solar Assessments for Feedlots

Colorado State University’s Rural Energy Center is proud to announce that we have received another USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant. The award will allow us to conduct 30 economic feasibility assessments for solar PV at animal feeding operations throughout the state. The concept was based on our successful Solar and Wind Assessments for Pivots (SWAP) project, in which we conducted 30 assessments for solar and wind on the non-irrigated corners of fields with center pivot sprinklers. The new project, dubbed Feedlot Assessments for Solar Energy (FASE), will serve livestock operations instead.

A key difference between animal feeding operations and irrigated farms is that feedlots use a fairly steady amount of energy year-round. So instead of generating electricity when it’s not needed and being subject to reimbursement at a utility’s avoided cost of energy, feedlots can expect to receive the full retail rate for any solar electricity generated on site. Although utility rate structures for larger feedlots tend to have relatively high demand charges (per kilowatt of power) and relatively low energy charges (per kilowatt-hour), smaller animal feeding operations may be subject to more “solar friendly” rate structures.

The project kicks off on July 1 with help from partners Morgan County Rural Electric Association, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and the Colorado Energy Office. Interested parties are welcome to
contact us in advance with inquiries.


Western Slope Livestock Producers Newsletter


Check out our 2017 Livestock and Range programs:
Beef Cattle Field Day & Pasture Tour- August 11, 2017 (ARDEC)
NCBA Stockmanship & Stewardship Regional Tour- September 22nd-23rd, 2017 (ARDEC)
Past Events

Calving Workshop

"" Monday, January 30, 5:30-8:30 PM.

CSU Extension will be hosting a calving and calf survival night at the Gunnison Fairgrounds.  Come join us for dinner and learning from top calving expert Dr. Frank Garry from the CSU Vet School.  Topics will include: Nutrition, Hypothermia, Neonatal Care, and Disease Management.  Of course we will also leave lots of time for discussions about any of your needs and questions.  Everyone from the ranch is welcome!!  Cost at the door will be $10 and dinner will be provided. For this reason we ask that you RSVP to Eric at the CSU Extension office by 1/27 or for more info at 970-641-1260.

2017 Ag Outlook and Strategy Forum

January 11, 2017, located in the Pioneer Room at Montrose County Fairgrounds Friendship Hall. 1001 N. 2nd Street.

Ag Outlook and Strategy Forum

Colorado AgrAbility Workshop

January 18, 2017, located at the County Courthouse 501 Plamer St. Delta, CO. Room 234

AgriAbility Workshops Poster

Beef quality assurance April 11, 2016 Mesa County Fairgrounds

The Beef Quality Assurance program offers training and certification on BQA guidelines including Cattle Care and Husbandry Practices, Feedstuffs, Feed Additives and Medications, Processing/Treatment and Records and Injectable Animal Health Products. Join us and receive your BQA Certification! For more information click here


Resources and Information for Specific Species

Preparing Your Animals for Disaster

Fire Safety Resources

Cattle Related Links

Flood Resources

Stocking Rate Calculators

Stocking Rate Calculators

The above stocking rate calculators are based on published dry matter forage requirements for animals and wildlife.

Additional Resources