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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.

Contact Us:

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.


Hot Topics

Hot Topics:

  • Intermountain Grass and Legume Forage Production Manual.  Click here
  • Pasture Mgt. Colorado Forage Guide.  Pasture Mgt. Click here
  • Colorado Noxious Weed Management Pocket Guide.  Weed ID and control. Click here
  • Grasses and Grasslike Plants of Utah.  Grass Species ID. Click here


Western Slope Livestock Producers Newsletter


Check out our 2017 Livestock and Range programs:

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.

Passed Events

2017 Ag Outlook and Strategy Forum

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

Colorado AgrAbility Workshop

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

Press Release

Western Slope farmer, Ted Dittmer, has been coping with MS for over 30 years. Recently he has needed to use a wheel-chair for his mobility. Unable to stand unassisted and struggling to continue his farm responsibilities Ted re-connected with the Colorado AgrAbility Project.
Candy Leathers, the program manager and a Rural Rehabilitation Specialist visited him on his farm.. Thus began a year long journey to find a way to keep him active on his farm. Since his last situational assessment Ted’s lower extremities had lost their ability to support him. He was in a wheelchair with no ability to reach objects in his kitchen cabinets. He could no longer stand to repair farm equipment.

At Candy’s suggestion, Ted reached out to the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). They made a referral to Candy Leathers for a current Farm/Ranch Situational Assessment. Working with DVR, the updated site assessment, and significant research, the counselor was able to move forward with obtaining a standing chair for Ted. He is not done with his plan. He and DVR still need to address how he tends his chickens and manipulate his irrigations system. He is thankful that CAP and DVR had the faith in him to support his vocational goals. At least now he can reach above the sink for his morning coffee.

Below is a list of upcoming workshops that will be presented by Dr. Norman L. Dalsted, CSU Extension and by Candiss Leathers and Dr. James Craig, Goodwill Industries of Denver. “AgrAbility, How to Work Well with Agricultural Lenders and Bankers” and “Mental Wellness for Rural America” will be the topics. The workshops are for Colorado farm and ranch families who are dealing with barriers created by illnesses, conditions, or limitations, and for professionals who work with them. Workshops are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a free box lunch provided for those who pre-register at least one week prior to the workshop. If you want to participate, please call or email Candiss Leathers (720-539-4435);, or Norm Dalsted (970 222-5657); Norman.Dalsted@ColoState.EDU or Doug Dean (970-244-1840);


Past classes for 2016:

2nd Annual Range Beef Cow Symposium

Western Slope Cattleman’s Livestock Auction Barn: Monday, December 5, 2016



8:00 – 9:00 am Registration/Trade Show
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome/?? Turning Point ??/Introduce new CSU Staff
• Jenny Biermann – CSU Regional Economist
• Dr. Ryan Rhoades – CSU Extension Beef Specialist & Assoc. Prof – Dept of Animal Science
• Dr. Ashley Stokes – CSU Assistant VP for Engagement & Deputy Director of Extension
• Kayla Hinkley – CSU Agriculture & Youth/Livestock Agent
9:30 – 10:30 U. S. Beef Cattle Update – Jim Robb(Livestock Marketing Center)
10:30 – 10:45 Why Test Forage – Doug Dean(CSU Livestock & Range Ext. Agent)
10:45 – 11:15 Break – Trade Show
11:15 – 11:30 Veterinary Feed Directive Update – J D Sexton(CSU Agriculture/4H/Horticulture Ext. Agent )
11:30 – 12:00 Pre-Conditioning of Calves – Dr. Ashley Stokes(DVM/PhD)
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch & Trade Show
1:00 – 2:15 Hay Pasture Management – Dr. Steve Fransen(PhD – Forage Crop Specialist/Assoc. Crop Professor – Washington State Univ.)
2:15 – 2:45 Break/Trade Show
2:45 – 3:30 Supplementation Program: What’s Best for My Operation – Dr. Ryan Rhoades(Extension Beef Specialist)
3:30 – 4:00 “Aloha Healthy Calves: Long –haul Transport – Hawaiian Style”– Dr.Ashley Stokes(DVM/PhD)
4:00 – 4:30 Closing Remarks/Interactive Questionnaire/Survey/?? Final Questions of Presenters ??
4:30 Adjourn


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