AMARILLO – Cattle and deer can roam together on the ranch in a profitable operation if managed properly, according to Brandon Boughen, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Potter County.
Boughen and the LX Ranch north of Amarillo will host a tour on June 2 to help interested producers learn more about livestock/wildlife management. The tour will feature Ken Cearley, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist in Amarillo, who will address the integration of livestock and wildlife production with an emphasis on economic sustainability and good land stewardship.
On-site registration will be held from 7:30-8 a.m. at the main entrance to LX Ranch, 13 miles north of Amarillo on the east side of U.S. Highway 87/287. Attendees should pull on to the LX Ranch and not stop on the highway, Boughen said.
Online preregistration is required on or before May 30 at http://potter.agrilife.org/forms/. The registration fee of $10 per person should be made payable to Potter Agriculture Committee and sent to AgriLife Extension, 3301 E. 10th Ave., Amarillo, Texas 79104.
Topics to be covered during the three-hour program will include: quail habitat ergonomics/habitat evaluation; plants important to deer and quail; drought management of rangeland plants, livestock and wildlife; dietary competition versus dietary overlap; supplemental feeding and predator management.
The tour will begin at the main gate and consist of four or five stops along the main road, he said. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended because of the sandy road conditions.
“We will consolidate as many participants as possible into four-wheel drive vehicles to reduce traffic on the road,” Boughen said.
For more information, contact Boughen at 806-373-0713.