Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Heath Lusty, 512-556-8271, email@example.com
LAMPASAS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the multi-county Central Texas Cow/Calf Clinic Sept. 17 at the Lampasas County Farm Bureau building, 1793 N. U.S. Highway 281 in Lampasas.
The program is a combined effort of the AgriLife Extension staffs in Lampasas, Burnet and Llano counties, said Heath Lusty, AgriLife Extension agent in Lampasas County.
The day opens with registration from 8:30-9 a.m. and will conclude with a hamburger lunch at 12:30 p.m.
The first presentation is set for 9 a.m. and features “Ranch Security-Protecting Your Property and Cows,” by Marvin Wills, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association ranger, Gatesville.
“With the high prices being paid for every class of cattle these days comes the ever-present threat of rustling,” Lusty said. “TSCRA rangers make these presentations regularly to help producers protect their property as much as possible. This program will provide an ideal venue for doing that and Marvin does an excellent job of getting his points across.
“We’ll also have Dr. Pete Fincher, Texas Animal Health Commission Region 6 director, Lampasas,speaking on the current vesicular stomatitis situation in horses and cattle, especially since cases have been found in neighboring Williamson County recently. He will also touch on any other livestock-related health concerns or regulations producers in our area need to be aware of.”
Lusty said the remaining program talks will include “Seed Stock Update for the Commercial Cattleman” by Parker Friedrich from Stephenville, American Breeders Service beef technical specialist and owner of Friedrich Angus Marketing and Consulting, and “Central Texas Weather Outlook” by Bob Rose, Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist, Austin.
“I’ve asked Parker to make the connection between seed stock producers and commercial ranchers by specifically addressing the high price of bulls, reasons why they are so expensive, how to best manage them and how to get the most out of them,” Lusty said. “And of course, weather is always a concern, so Bob’s prognosis should be a good wrap-up for the programs in light of the good rains many have had through the summer and hope to have through the fall.”
Individual preregistration is $20 by Sept. 12. Preregister by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Lampasas County at 512-556-8271.
For more information,call Lusty at 512-556-8271 or the AgriLife Extension offices in any of the participating counties.