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Spring Ranch Management University set for March 30-April 3

12:56PM Mar 02, 2015

The next Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University will be March 30-April 3, said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station.

The Ranch Management University is an intensive five-day event that targets new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners, Redmon said. It is held each spring and fall at the G. Rollie White Visitor’s Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

Registration is $500 and attendance is limited to 40 people, Redmon said. To register online and for more information, go to http://agriliferegister.tamu.eduand enter “ranch management” into the search window.

The course is primarily taught by AgriLife Extension specialists at College Station. Speakers and their topics include:

– Dr. David Anderson, economist, Planning for Profit and Marketing Livestock: Cow-calf? Stockers? Or Own Them to the Feedlot?

– Dr. Mark McFarland, state soil fertility specialist, Basic Soils, Soil Fertility, Soil Sampling in the Field, Technical and Financial Assistance for Landowners, and What Is a Watershed?

– Redmon, Forage Establishment, Weed and Brush Management, Forage Legumes in the Pasture, Hay Production, Hay Production and Sprayer Calibration, and Use of Prescribed Fire and the Prescribed Burn Associations.

– Dr. Dennis Sigler, horse specialist, Horse Production 101.

– Dr. Jason Cleere, beef cattle specialist, Genetic Strategies for Profitable Beef Production, Nutrient Requirements and Supplementation of Beef Cattle, Body Condition Scores in Beef Cattle, Non-traditional Production Strategies, and an animal handling demonstration at the Texas A&M University Beef Center.

– Dr. Rick Machen, livestock specialist from Uvalde, Small Ruminants – What Are They and Where Do They ‘Fit?’

– Dr. Jim Cathey, wildlife specialist, Using Wildlife as Agriculture for Property Tax Purposes, Rio Grande Turkey Management, Managing for Dove, Northern Bobwhite Issues and Management, and White-Tailed Deer Management.

–  Peter Wood, AgriLife Extension fisheries program specialist, Farm Pond Management and lead a farm pond visit.

– Mark Tyson, AgriLife Extension associate, Feral Hog Issues and he will conduct a hog trap demonstration.

Meals and break refreshments are covered by the registration fee, as well as customized flash drives containing more than 100 publications covering ranch resource management.

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service