AMARILLO – Integrating beef cattle operations and wildlife will be the focus of “BEEF 2015: Rangeland Resource Management,” to be hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Potter County.
“This series of monthly meetings will be a benefit to anyone who raises beef cattle or has an interest in running livestock with an emphasis in wildlife,” said Brandon Boughen, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Potter County. “If you own property and want to understand how to improve it for livestock and/or wildlife, this is a great educational opportunity.”
Each month’s meeting will be from 6-9 p.m., with a meal beginning at 5:30 p.m., Boughen said. The first meeting is Jan. 10 and the final is Sept. 5. All activities will be at the AgriLife Extension office at 3301 E. 10th Ave. in Amarillo.
Every participant will receive “Grazing Land Stewardship, A Manual for Texas Landowners” and be eligible for seven Beef Quality Assurance credits and six pesticide applicator continuing education units, he said.
Preregistration is required. The fee is $180 per participant and it is due by Jan. 4. Registration forms can be found at http://potter.agrilife.org/forms/. The registration form and fee, made payable to Potter Agriculture Committee, should be sent to Potter Agriculture Committee, 3301 E. 10th Ave., Amarillo, Texas 79104.
Speakers for this program are professionals involved in the beef industry or beef educational programs and rangeland ecology, Boughen said.
Program dates and topics include:
- Jan. 10 – Rangeland Function. Derek Scasta, AgriLife Extension agent in Navarro County, will discuss water, wildlife and livestock; practical tools for understanding soils, plants and productivity; understanding the role of fire, grazing and climate; merging production with conservation to make money; and what is needed to produce these products.
- Feb. 21 – The Beef Herd. Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef specialist in Amarillo, will discuss recovery from the drought and rebuilding the beef herd.
- March 7 – Livestock/Wildlife Interaction. McCollum and Ken Cearley, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist in Amarillo, will cover spatial and dietary concerns.
- April 25 – Landscape Management. Cearley and McCollum will discuss grazing management and why it is important.
- May 23 – Brush and Broadleaf Management. McCollum and Cearley will tackle the different facets and approaches of management.
- June 20 – Practical Application of Management Tools. Dr. Jim Ansley, Texas A&M AgriLife Research range ecologist in Vernon, will talk about brush management options and how they are like old Clint Eastwood movies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; A Fistfull of Dollars; For a Few Dollars More; Magnum Force and Sudden Impact; High Plains Drifter and The Beguiled; Any Which Way You Can and Unforgiven.
- July 11 – Coping with Hogs and Predators. Cearley will outline population status, damage/signs, biology, current management tools and promising new developments.
- Aug. 29 – Quail and Prairie Chickens. Cearley will discuss their importance – economically and ecologically, their current status, habitat and management requirements, Endangered Species Act considerations for lesser prairie chickens, and the latest research efforts.
- Sept. 5 – Deer and Antelope. Cearley again will cover the biology and survival adaptations, habitat requirements, management options and strategies and ongoing research on both species. He will also discuss the population status of pronghorn antelopes and recovery efforts.