Dave Phillips – UC Ranch Specialist
Raised on a cattle ranch in SE Montana, Dave graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Agricultural Education. After a term of service in the US Army as a helicopter pilot and aircraft maintenance officer, he served as a County Extension Agent for Montana State University for 30 years.
Of those 30 years, 22 were spent in central Montana, working with ranchers and farmers on issues related to wheat and barley production, beef cattle production, weed management, range and pasture management, soils and soil fertility management, farm and ranch management, and integrated resource management.
Over the years, he has worked with hundreds of families associated with the 4-H/youth development program. He has a vast and in-depth knowledge of agricultural production and marketing in central Montana, an area that relies heavily on agriculture as the base of the economy. He is called on to consult on agricultural production and management issues, and to mediate lease agreements.
After retiring from MSU Extension in 2013, Dave joined Shobe Auction and Realty in Lewistown, MT, so he could continue to serve ranchers and farmers. He is skilled at analyzing production capabilities and income generating opportunities on central Montana farms and ranches.