Multi-county AgriLife Extension program to view rangeland options
Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Marty Gibbs, 325-365-2219, email@example.com
SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the multi-county Livestock and Rangeland Revitalization Program from 1-4:30 p.m. May 28 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo.
The center is located north of San Angelo at 7887 North U.S. Highway 87.
“The goal of this program is to assist participants with decisions on how to evaluate their rangeland resources while discussing future livestock options which are applicable to our West Central Texas area,” said Marty Gibbs, AgriLife Extension agent in Runnels County.
Gibbs is being joined by AgriLife Extension personnel in Sterling, Tom Green, Coke and Concho counties, who are co-hosting the event.
“This is a difficult time for ranchers,” he said. “Despite the blessing of a good livestock market, we are still plagued with an ongoing drought and the danger of doing permanent damage to already stressed ranges. We trust when participants leave this educational program, they’ll have the tools and direction needed to conserve their ranges while preparing them for future stocking.
“The slate of speakers is top-notch. All have been agricultural educators for years and have demonstrated true passion for the land and the ranching industry.”
Topics and speakers will include:
– The Future of Texas Agriculture, Dr. Rick Machen, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Uvalde.
– Rangeland Health and Stocking Rate Considerations, Dr. Bob Lyons, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Uvalde.
– New Technologies in Weed and Brush Control, Dr. Allan McGinty, AgriLife Extension range specialist, emeritus, San Angelo.
– Economic Feasibility of Livestock – A Comparison of Cattle, Sheep and Goats, Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist, San Angelo.
– Livestock Animal Health Considerations when Restocking, Dr. Frank Craddock, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist, San Angelo.
Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available for Texas pesticide applicator license holders.
Individual registration is $10 payable upon arrival.
To register or for more information contact any of the AgriLife Extension offices in the participating counties. The telephone numbers are: Runnels, 325-365-2219; Sterling, 325-378-3181; Coke, 325-453-2461; Concho, 325-732-4304; and Tom Green, 325-659-6522.