AgriLife Extension economist optimistic about rebuilding herds
Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, email@example.com
ATHENS – The lead speaker at an upcoming cattleman’s clinic warned that producers sometimes feel like they’ve been browbeat out of the business after his presentations on rebuilding cow/calf herds.
Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural economist, will speak at the Cattleman’s Cow/Calf Clinic, set March 28 at the Henderson County Fair Park Complex, 3356 Highway 31, Athens.
“But I’m optimistic,” he said. “If I own the cows and if they have calves for me, I’ll be able to sell those calves for a lot of money; more so than we’ve ever sold them before in our lives. We’ve just got to be cautious.”
Registration for the clinic will begin at 3 p.m. and cost $15. It will include a barbecue meal and 1.5 continuing education units for holders of Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator’s licenses. To register, contact the AgriLife Extension office for Henderson County at 903-675-6130. A map to the fair complex can be found at http://www.hendersoncountyfairpark.com/ .
“Registration at the door is fine,” said Rick Hirsch, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resource agent of Henderson County. “We only ask they preregister so that we can have a head count for the meal. They can still wait and pay at the door if they preregister.”
The program will begin at 3:30 p.m. and wrap up by about 8 p.m., he said.
Other speakers and topics will include: “Cow-Calf Producers: An Integral Part of The Beef Production Chain,” by Surcy Peoples, customer service director at Cactus Feeders, Amarillo; “The Growing Importance of Water and Water Issues in East Texas,” by Blake Alldredge, AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries associate, College Station; “Cattle Working and Herd Health – What to Do and When,” by Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton; and “Options and Opportunities for Landowners,” by Julie Moore, the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resource Conservation Service, Athens.
“New products, changing health regulations, fluctuating markets — these are both challenges and opportunities for today’s beef producers,” Hirsch said. “The Henderson County Beef Cattle Committee has developed this clinic with the producer in mind.”
In addition to the inside presentations, there will be livestock working demonstrations, cattle exhibits and a product-exhibit area, Hirsch said.
Local sponsors of the clinic include Holiday Inn Express, the Heritage Land Bank, First State Bank, AgriLand Farm Credit, and AgriLife Extension.