Seven-county West Texas Livestock and Range Conference Slated for May 29

May 21, 2014 10:10 AM
Seven-county West Texas Livestock and Range Conference Slated for May 29

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the West Texas Livestock and Range Conference from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 29 at the Broughton Agriculture Complex on the Howard College campus in Big Spring, Texas.

The conference is a seven-county program involving AgriLife Extension offices in Andrews, Glasscock, Upton, Reagan, Howard, Martin and Midland counties.

"As has become our custom for this program, we’ve gathered a fine set of speakers who will present ranch-related information covering a number of topics of interest to our area," said Rebel Royall, AgriLife Extension agent in Glasscock County. "These topics are selected by the AgriLife Extension agents based on needs gleaned from our local planning committees."

The morning session’s topics and speakers will include;

  • Livestock forage disaster program, Karla Hoelscher, Farm Services Agency, Glasscock County.
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service Update, Eddy Spurgin, district conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Big Spring.
  • Bull Fertility, Dr. Bruce Carpenter, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Fort Stockton.
  • Mesquite Control, Ralph Porter, Dow AgroSciences, Abilene.
  • What can I pay for cows and heifers? Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist, Vernon.
  • Stocking rates during and after a drought, Dr. Morgan Russell, AgriLife Extension range specialist, San Angelo.
  • Stay-Tuff Fence demonstration, Harold Shipman, territory manager, New Braunfels.

The afternoon session topics will include product discussions of cattle de-wormers, a talk on replacement heifer development and an optional off-site fodder demonstration.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units in the general category will be offered.

Individual preregistration is $15 if received at the AgriLife Extension office in Glasscock County by May 27 and $25 thereafter. The fee includes the noon meal.

For more information contact Royall at 432-354-2381, or the AgriLife Extension office in any of the participating counties.

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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