The Ranch Management Program is uniquely designed to train students to meet the challenges of agricultural resource management. In the rapidly expanding job market for agricultural resource managers there are opportunities in many areas including commodity investment, agricultural marketing, international trade, as well as ranch management.  Our goal at the Ranch Management Program is to prepare individuals to help shape the future of agricultural asset management.


July 2019 Live and Learn: Partnership turns the ranch into a research lab

Forty miles south of Fort Worth lies TCU’s living laboratory for ranch management. Thanks to Jon Taggart and his meat brand, Burgundy Pasture Beef, TCU, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas are teaching cattlemen how to make their cattle practices more sustainable. TCU’s Director of the Institute of Ranch Management Jeffrey Geider hopes that by setting basic practices and spreading awareness, all ecosystems from Central America to Scotland can benefit from the research done on Taggart’s land.

 August 2019 Burgundy Fields: Jon Taggart’s questions could mean answers for all

Owner and cattleman of Burgundy Pasture Beef, Jon Taggart, has worked long and hard to get where he is today. He was not born into the ranching industry, so he has developed essential skills to ranch cost effectively. Taggart has had help with sustainable ranching by his work with TCU. TCU ranch management students are only getting started with their research on different grasses and soil health to help not only Taggart but all cattlemen with making their land as efficient as possible.  

September 2019 Cow Size Matters: Living Laboratory looks for "sweet spot" when it comes to cow size, stocking rate

TCU’s Ranch Management and Burgundy Pasture Beef cattleman, Jon Taggart, explain how important it is to match the specific cow breed to its environment. The size of the cow should be both profitable for the cattlemen, but also best for the natural resources and consumers of the product. Taggart says that is all about moderation and to not aim too big or too small, even though both have their benefits. By understanding one’s ranch land more, the better and more profitable the calf-raising will be.