Annual spring Ranch Management University set for April 7-11

Organizers: Limited seating filling fast

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – It may be three months before the next Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University, but it is already 25 percent full, said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station.

The Ranch Management University is an intensive five-day event that targets new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners. It is held each spring and fall, with the next one scheduled April 7-11 at the G. Rollie White Visitor’s Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway, on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

Registration is $500 and attendance is limited to the first 40 people enrolled. To register online and for more information, go to http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu  and enter “ranch management” into the search window.

The course is taught by AgriLife Extension specialists at College Station.

Dr. David Anderson, economist, will kick the educational event off with Planning for Profit and come back later with Marketing Livestock: Cow-calf? Stockers? Feedlot?

Dr. Mark McFarland, state soil fertility specialist, will present Basic Soils, Soil Fertility, Soil Sampling, Technical and Financial Assistance for Landowners, and What Is a Watershed?

Throughout the course, Redmon will present Weed and Brush Management, Hay Sampling, Sprayer Calibration, Hay Production and Forage Nutritive Value, Forage Establishment, Importance of Stocking Rate, Alternatives to Hay for Winter Feeding, and Forage Species for Texas.

Dr. Dennis Sigler, horse specialist, will present Horse Production 101.

Dr. Jason Cleere, beef cattle specialist, will teach Genetic Strategies for Profitable Beef Production, Non-traditional Production Strategies, Body Condition Scores in Beef Cattle, Nutrient Requirements and Supplementation of Beef Cattle, He also will present an animal handling demonstration at the Texas A&M University Beef Center.

Dr. Jim Cathey, wildlife specialist, will present Wildlife-Livestock Integration, Feral Hog Control, Rio Grande Turkey Management, and Using Wildlife as Agriculture for Property Tax Purposes.

Dr. Todd Sink, fisheries specialist, will present Farm Pond Management and lead a farm pond visit; Mark Tyson, AgriLife Extension associate, will conduct a hog trap demonstration; Colt Sharpton, assistant facilities manager, will present Sheep and Goat Production; and Dr. Miles Phillips, ecotourism specialist, will present Ecotourism – Marketing Your Ranch Resources.

Meals and break refreshments are covered by the registration fee, as well as customized flash drives containing more than 100 publications covering ranch resource management.

For additional information, contact Redmon at 979-845-4826 or l-redmon@tamu.edu.

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