To sustain and preserve the agricultural heritage of the Northern Great Plains and
Intermountain West by graduating students who have the breadth of knowledge and diversity
of skills needed to employ prudent ranching practices that create value and improve
the natural resources vital to our land.
The Dan Scott Ranch Management Program is named for the late Dan Scott, eldest son
of Padlock Ranch founder Homer Scott. Dan Scott served as CEO and manager of the ranch
for 50 years. Founded in 1943 by Homer and Mildred Scott, the Padlock Ranch is a diversified
cow-calf, farm and feedlot operation in Montana and Wyoming. It is run today by Homer
and Mildred Scott’s descendants.
Dan Scott and Padlock Ranch have a legacy of measured progress to people, natural
resources, customers, finances, and lifestyle. They represent the Montana ranching
The preeminent ranch management program in the Northern Great Plains and Intermountain
West provides support for degree programs at Montana State University that aim to
sustain and preserve the region’s agricultural heritage by graduating students who
have the breadth of knowledge and diversity of skills needed to employ prudent ranching
practices that create value and improve the natural resources vital to our land. For
more information, visit the Ranching Systems Degree Program webpage.
Academic courses in Animal Science, Rangeland Ecology, and Business
Leadership and communication training
Mentor and peer network for success after graduation
Internships at working ranches
Cover photos courtesy of DNRC
Dan Scott Ranch Management Program Montana State University P.O. Box 172900 Bozeman, MT 59717-2900