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Developing communication skills to improve relationships will be the focus of a two-part virtual workshop hosted by Nebraska Extension’s Women in Agriculture program in June.

 The workshop, “Tools for Effective Communication: Allowing You to Enhance Your Relationship with Yourself and Others,” will hold its first session from 1 to 3 p.m. Central time on June 2. The second session is scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. Central time on June 30.

Hay quality can vary a lot depending on when it was cut, growing conditions and how it was harvested and stored. Accurately sampling and testing hay is the only way to get an accurate nutritive value so you can know what to feed. Central Sandhills Area Extension loans out hay probes for ranchers to collect hay samples. Call 645-2267 if you would like to borrow one or just have questions on sampling hay, grazing plans, or drought management strategies.

Curious about adding small ruminants to an operation? This workshop will be held on June 8, in O'Neill. The program is primarily sheep centered, but anyone with an interest in goats is also more than welcome. Topics will include multi-species grazing, general sheep production conversations, nutrition of cattle versus sheep and marketing your products. Additionally, local experienced producers from each state will be answering questions in a roundtable discussion.

This workshop will be held in Valentine, on June 13. Research from Oklahoma State University found the most common transition plan was dividing assets equally among family members, but this method also had the lowest probability of success. A Generational Ranch Transition Workshop will be held in Valentine June 13 at the Niobrara Conference Room from 10 to 2:30 CT. To register or for more info, please call the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850.