Pineywoods Cattle Congress set April 17 in San Augustine County

April 7, 2015 05:54 AM
Pineywoods Cattle Congress set April 17 in San Augustine County

This year’s Pineywoods Cattle Congress on April 17 will address strategies on the new economics of beef cattle production, said Cary Sims, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Angelina County.

“With cattle prices at historical highs, the first topic of the day will focus on these new economics of the present beef industry,” Sims said.

The congress is a multi-county event, coordinated by AgriLife Extension offices in Shelby, Panola, Nacogdoches, Angelina, San Augustine andSabine counties. The annual event rotates among these counties, and always features a local beef producer, Sims said.

This year, the congress will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in San Augustine County at the Bennis and Maribel Steptoe Ranch, 3326 County Road 332, about 3 miles southwest of San Augustine.

Registration for the event is $20 and includes lunch. Two continuing education units in the general category will be offered for Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicators.

Participants are requested to RSVP to the AgriLife Extension office in San Augustine at 936-275-3644, or at any AgriLife Extension office in the participating counties.

Sims said this year’s congress will give instruction in navigating the current market, rebuilding the cow herd and better managing pastures.

First up on the indoor program will be a discussion of the costs to purchase cows and bulls to rebuild herds by David Anderson, AgriLife Extension agricultural economist, College Station.

“Anderson’s knowledge of the industry is well respected across the state,” Sims said. “His second topic will be an outlook on the market. With beef prices at current levels, what impact is that making on input costs? Additionally, Anderson is poised to discuss the long-term market forecast.”

Following Anderson’s presentation will be Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, College Station.

“Cleere is a much sought-after speaker as he breaks through preconceived notions on cattle selection and can speak the language of cattlemen,” Sims said.

Finishing the morning program will be Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist, College Station. Redmon will speak about forage development and weed control.

“After lunch, the participants will have a chance to view some of the pastures the Steptoes have been working with,” Sims said.

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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