January 7 - 13, 2024
Shanon was born and raised on a holistically managed, family owned cow/calf and stocker operation in southeastern Wyoming. The Sims family motto is “never stop learning” and he has fully embraced that philosophy, earning a BS in Animal Science from the University of Wyoming, completing Ranching For Profit twice, Holistic Management training twice, the High Plains Ranch Practicum once, along with many workshops and hosted educational opportunities. Through all of this, he has learned that the best way to learn is to share experiences (especially failures), ideas, and theories. He operates Sims Cattle Company, LLC along with three other generations currently active (though in varying degrees!) in the business. Shanon and his wife, Melinda, were active in Executive Link for two years and used that time create a business that is (hopefully) attractive to their children, Kagan and Jentry.
Melinda graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2000 with a degree in Animal Science, focusing on production. While at UW she met and married her husband, Shanon. After college they began working for the family business, Sims Cattle Company, in McFadden, Wyoming. They have two children, a son, Kagan, and a daughter, Jentry, who are the fifth generation on the ranch. Throughout her 22 years on the ranch, Melinda has become very involved in every aspect of ranching, from daily management of animals and land to long term planning and business management. She attended Ranching For Profit in 2020 and 2021, and has been an Executive Link member for 2 years. Melinda strives to understand holism, how it applies to Sims Cattle Company. She has worked diligently with Shanon and his family to breed profitable cattle that work in their environment using Ranching for Profit principles.
The hotel and lodging costs are separate and vary from location to location.You do not need to stay at the hotel where the school is being held but we recommend that even if participants live nearby, they stay at the venue so that they can participate in the informal after-hours discussions.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation of a registration does not affect a registrant’s financial liability. The deposit is non-refundable, but is 100% transferable toward any school held within 13 months of the school in which you originally enrolled.
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Registrations require a deposit:$500 per person for new students or $1,000 per RFP alumni.
Total school fee is $3,000. Deposit of $500 required to enroll. You will be billed for the balance due after registration is processed. Balance is due 2 weeks prior to start of class.
Total school fee is $2,000 for each additional person from the same business. Deposit of $500 required to enroll. You will be billed for the balance due after registration is processed. Balance is due 2 weeks prior to start of class.
Persons that have attended the RFP School in the past. Full amount of $1,000 per person is due at time of registration.
Large Grazing & or Stockflow Charts
3'X5' Laminated Grazing and or Stockflow Charts - use to plan grazing and flow of livestock and record actuals. Graduates of the school find these both to be extremely useful in planning and communication. If you order with your school registration we will deliver the chart(s) to you at the school with zero shipping charge.
Healthy Lands, Happy Families, Profitable Businesses
Dave Pratt's first book and still a favorite. According to Stan Parsons, Healthy Land, Happy Families and Profitable Businesses, is “the best book ever written about ranching.” Joel Salatin calls Dave Pratt’s collection of essays, “a delightful, wisdom-dense read.” It is a terrific introduction to Ranching For Profit principles and a great refresher for RFP graduates. If ordered with your school registration we will ship with your registration packet with no additional shipping charge.