Training to lessen the risky business of beef production

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu

CARTHAGE –The program, “Reducing Risk in Beef Production,” will be held Sept. 11 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Carthage, 110 S. Sycamore St.

The multi-county program is hosted by AgriLife Extension in Harrison, Shelby and Panola counties, said Randy Reeves, AgriLife Extension agent in Harrison County.

East Texas has had more relief from the drought than many parts of the state, but other factors besides rainfall patterns make beef production a risky business, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agents.  (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service)

East Texas has had more relief from the drought than many parts of the state, but other factors besides rainfall patterns make beef production a risky business, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agents. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service)

“Beef production has always been a risky business,” Reeves said. “Today, with drought, high replacement costs and expensive fertilizer, it’s more risky than ever.”

But increased risk is often accompanied with increased opportunity, he said, and with informed management, beef production can still be a profitable venture.

The program will start at 9 a.m. and end at about 2 p.m. Registration is $20, payable at the door, and will include lunch and refreshments.

Presentation topics and speakers will include:

–“Managing Financial Risk,” by Legacy Ag Credit representatives Kristy Marjason and Yancy Murray, from Longview and Gilmer, respectively.

–“Rainfall Index and Cattle Price Floor Insurance Program for Cattle and Forage,” Jen Livsey, with Texas Farm Credit, Robstown.

–“Winter Pasture Planning and Management,” Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton.

–“Producing the Ideal Calf,” Dr. Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension beef specialist, College Station.

For meal planning, attendees are urged to RSVP by calling one of the participating AgriLife Extension offices by Sept. 8. The phone numbers are: Harrison County, 903-935-8413; Panola County, 903-693-0380; and Shelby County, 936-598-7744.

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