Navarro and Hill counties pasture tour set May 29

Will include trainings on drought, brush control, internal parasites, more

HUBBARD – A May 29 pasture tour in Hubbard and training will focus in part on beef and forage production during a drought, said a Texas

A Navarro County rancher prepares to vaccinate a steer for internal parasites. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Logan Lair)

AgriLife Extension Service county agent

No one really knows what will happen in 2012 in Central Texas, but another year of drought is a possibility and producers should be prepared to manage for it, said Logan Lair, AgriLife Extension agent for Navarro County.

With this in mind, the training will cover several topics relevant to drought, as well as the finer points of land management needed during any year, Lair said.

The training will be at the Hubbard Livestock Market on 3422 Highway 31, Hubbard. It will also offer five hours continuing educational units for those holding a Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicators license — one in integrated pest management, one in laws and regulations and three in general.

It will also offer 2.5 hours of Beef Quality Assurance credits.

Registration for the program is $10. Lunch will be provided by the Texas Farm Bureau. The program will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Preregistration is requested by May 23 for meal planning.

To register, contact Lair in the AgriLife Extension office in Navarro County at 903-654-3075, jllair@ag.tamu.edu; or Ryan Collett, AgriLife Extension agent in Hill County, 254-582-4022, rmcollett@ag.tamu.edu.

Topics and speakers include: “Low cost alternatives in Forage Management,” Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist, College Station;”Stocking rate decisions with drought in mind,” Redmon; “Water quantity and quality issues on the ranch,” Redmon; “External Parasites control in the beef herd,” Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef specialist, Overton; “Reproduction in a drought,” Banta; “Economic Outlook for 2012,” Dr. Jason L. Johnson, AgriLife Extension economist, Stephenville; “Grazing options to maximize pasture potential,” Matt Machacek, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service; and “Brush management in the Blacklands,” Will Hatler, AgriLife Extension specialist in ecosystem science and management, Stephenville.

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