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Ranch & Feedlot Operations




¨      Education: It's What You Want For The Future, Today.

The face of ranching and feedlot operations is changing with advances in technology. Today's livestock producers can still be found working horseback, but are also realizing the need for up-to-date production and marketing technology.

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Ranch & Feedlot Operations (RFO) at Clarendon College will allow students who are interested in a Ranch or Feedlot career to gain new knowledge and technical skills needed in coping with today's complex agricultural problems.  The courses in this program are designed to present to the student technical and management skills used by efficient producers and successful managers.

¨      Job Opportunities

The Ranch & Feedlot Operations program helps one develop the knowledge and skills necessary to take advantage of the many employment opportunities in the industry.  Graduates of the program are employed in a variety of agricultural areas.


Contact Us!


Clarendon College Ranch & Feedlot Operations


Laban W. Tubbs, Instructor                            laban.tubbs@clarendoncollege.edu

Jason C. Green, Instructor                              jason.green@clarendoncollege.edu


1-800-687-9737 or (806) 874-3571, ext. 142 or 143



1-800-687-9337 or (806) 874-3571


Financial Aid

1-800-687-9737 or (806) 874-3571, ext. 112



¨       Due to the coursework and pace of the program, it is imperative that prospective students possess an agricultural background. 

¨       The Ranch and Feedlot Operations Program accepts only a limited number of students for its one-year program.  Students must apply and request an interview with the program faculty between January 18 and May 1 to be accepted into the following year’s program. 

¨       The RFO Certificate program is a TSI-waived program, and students are not required to take the TSI unless they want to seek an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Ranch and Feedlot Operations.

¨       Complete an application for admission to Clarendon College.


Ranch & Feedlot Operations Curriculum


The RFO curriculum is a combination of the latest technology, research and information. Each semester co-operators share their knowledge with RFO students.  The class may be visiting the co-operators place of business or the co-operator may be visiting the classroom as a guest speaker.  The Ranch and Feedlot Industry is very complex. These courses address the issues.


                First Semester                                                      Semester hours

                AGAH 1353         Beef Cattle Production                       3

                AGAH 2309         Ranch & Feedlot Jobs                        3

                AGAH 1343         Animal Health                                     3

                AGCR 2313          Soil & Water Conservation                3

                AGCR 1307          Range Management                           3

                ABMG 1444         Agri. Records Management               4

                                                                                Total                      19



                Second Semester                                                  Semester hours

                AGAH 1447         Animal Reproduction                         4

AGEQ 2311          Equine Science II                                                3

AGAH 2313         Principles of Feed & Feeding             3

AGMG 2406         Livestock & Meat Marketing            4

AGAH 1341         Sheep & Goat Production                  3

AGMG 2301         Livestock Business Mgt.                    3

                                                                Total                      20


                                                                Program Total      39


Exit Point - Certificate in Ranch and Feedlot Business Management (39 credit hours)




Option I

Upon successful completion of the RFO first year curriculum, a student may enroll for a second year, which leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Ranch and Feedlot Business.


Required Courses:

First semester                                        Sem. Hrs.                                Second Semester                   Sem. Hrs.

English Composition                           3                              Speech 1315                                         3

Social/Behavioral Science                 3                              Visual/Performing Arts                       3

Math 1314 or Natural Science          3                              Electives                                                7-8

Electives                                                7-8                                                                                          13-14


Exit point - Associate of Applied Science - Ranch and Feedlot Business - 62 credit hours


Option II

Students wishing to complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree from a senior institution, at which up to forty-eight (48) hours of occupational specialization may be accepted.  Students seeking the B.A.A.S. Degree are urged to contact the senior institution prior to pursuing this option to confirm degree requirements.


Option III

Students wishing to complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from a senior institution should consult with that institution for degree requirements.



Ranch & Feedlot Operations Course Descriptions


AGAH 1353 - Beef Cattle Production

An overview of the beef cattle industry.  Topics include the organization and operation of beef cattle enterprises, selection, breeding, reproduction, health, nutrition, management, and marketing.


AGAH 2309 - Ranch and Feedlot Jobs

Study of the proper maintenance of livestock and facilities.  Methods of livestock identification, dehorning, castration and controlling parasites, the planning and construction of fences, corrals and buildings to facilitate the handling of livestock.


AGAH 1343 - Animal Health

An overview of anatomy and physiology as it relates to animal health.  Topics include disease symptoms, basic immunology, diagnosis, prevention, and control of infectious and noninfectious diseases of animals.


AGCR 2313 - Soil and Water Conservation

Study of physical and chemical soil deterioration and loss, water conservation, and principles for protection and maintenance of these resources.  Topics include plant/water relationships, water conservation methods, basic terrace engineering principles, sediment loss, and land use plan.


AGCR 1307 - Range Management

Study of the practical problems of managing native pastures and range lands.  Topics include rangeland ecology, stocking rates, rotation systems, toxic plants, range reseeding, brush control, and ecological and physiological responses of range vegetation to grazing.


AGMG 1444 - Agriculture Records Management

Examination of the principles of agriculture records and bookkeeping with emphasis on utilization and interpretation of farm and ranch accounts.


AGAH 1447 - Animal Reproduction

Study of organs, functions, endocrinology, and common management practices related to production; diseases affecting reproduction, bull management, heifer management, and calving management.


AGEQ - Equine Science II

Study of advanced concepts in horse production.  Emphasis on management practices utilized in the horse industry.  Breeding, feeding, breaking, training, stabling, and shoeing.  Gaits, care of stallions, brood mares, and foals.  Parasites and disease, and selection for soundness.


AGAH 2313 - Principles of Feeds and Feeding

Study of the role and application of feed nutrients and additives.  Topics include comparative aspects of digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients.  Emphasis on identification of nutrient requirements and formulation of dietary feeding regiments.


AGAM 2406 - Livestock and Meat Marketing

Relationship of production to marketing, trends in marketing and consumption, meat processing and distribution; beef futures; seasonal and cyclical influences in prices, selection of time and place to market; handling and transportation of livestock for improved weight and minimized losses; merchandizing purebred livestock.


AGAH 1341 - Sheep and Goat Production

An overview of the sheep and goat industry.  Topics include the organization and operation of sheep and goat enterprises, selection, breeding, reproduction, health, nutrition, management, and marketing of sheep and goats and their products.


AGMG 2301 - Livestock Business Management

Instruction in contracts, (cattle and land) leases, laws and regulations, estate planning, and applications of personal and management principles.