Area beef producers will learn how to prepare cattle for feedlots and hear the latest in feral hog management at the Cow Country Congress 2015, scheduled Oct. 23 at Maysel Ranch near Fairfield.
The ranch is located east of Fairfield off of State Highway 84. Turn south on County Road 441 and continue for 3.3 miles. The ranch is on the right.
“The goal for this program is to provide cattle producers with the knowledge and skills to be profitable in their operation,” said Erin Davis, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Freestone County. “With Cow Country Congress, we want to keep the producers up to date with the latest tools available to them for use in their day-to-day operations.”
Davis said the program will include an overview of the Maysel Ranch by owner Burt Richards. His son, Joe Richards, who is a feedlot owner/operator in Hereford, will discuss cattle management and preparing cattle for the feedlot.
Cooper Terrill, AgriLife Extension agent for Falls County, will give a presentation on feral hogs and demonstrate the “BoarBuster,” an automatic trap developed by the Noble Foundation.
“We’ll also have Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist from College Station, who will discuss proper hay storage,” Davis said.
Ron Gill, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, College Station, will give a talk on Advocating for Agriculture.
Larry Hand, special ranger with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Region 6, Tyler, will conclude the program with a discussion on cattle theft.
Davis said a legislative update is set for noon.
Cost is $20 and includes a steak lunch. Door prizes will be awarded as well as a number of vendor booths for attendees to visit. Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered.
Attendees are encouraged to RSVP for an accurate meal count by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Houston County at 936-544-7502 by Oct. 16.
Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service