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 tradition.

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.

Tyrell McClain herding cattle at Ft. Ellis