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Applied Sustainable Ranching Diploma


Earn a Applied Sustainable Ranching Diploma at Thompson Rivers University

Develop hands-on skills in humane animal care, stockmanship, dog training, fencing, equipment maintenance and safe operating procedures with the Applied Sustainable Ranching course at Thompson Rivers University

Quick Facts

Duration: 19 months
Intake: January / September
Tuition Fee: TBA
Location: Williams Lake, Canada / Blended / Online

Learn how to identify opportunities for enterprise diversification and touch on key success factors and average production/income benchmarks for sheep, poultry, purebred livestock, greenhouse, vegetables, fruits and berries, on farm processing, value added, farm store, and tourism.

What to Expect?

  • Participate in real-life ranching operations in BC
  • Gain employment-ready experience
  • Understand how ranch and rangeland ecosystems react to management decisions
  • Understand livestock needs and how to best manage the natural environment to produce nutritious proteins to feed the world
  • Learn to design ranching enterprises that fit the environment and resources while providing a return on investment
  • Experience a program that is built in BC to address the needs of the local ranching environment
  • Learn to develop and fine-tune enterprise management around the unique market opportunities in your region

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Before coming to TRU, I couldn’t even imagine how fast my life would change here. TRU gave
me all the opportunities I was looking for to unearth my true potential. I’ve met people from
various parts of the world, gained real-world work experience and most importantly, I have
learned more about myself. Being a part of the TRU community has been one of the most
meaningful and rewarding experiences in my life. One of the best things I did in my program
was my co-op. I put my learning into direct practice right away and that helped me secure a full
time position after I graduated.

Tatiana Fedotova, Events Co-ordinator


Imagine your place in the future of sustainable ranching and agriculture.

As the need for financially and environmentally sustainable ranching and agricultural operations grow, people with hands-on industry experience and business acumen will increasingly be in demand.

As a graduate of the Applied Sustainable Ranching course at Thompson Rivers University program you may discover career opportunities within areas such as:

  • Cowboy
  • Customer service or retail manager
  • Equipment
  • Farm input sales
  • Irrigation
  • Land manager
  • Ranch hand
  • Ranch operations manager