Range and herd health workshop set for June 7 in Mason

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu

MASON – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Range and Herd Health Workshop from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. June 7 at the Richard Eckert Civic Center, 1024 McKinley Street in Mason.

“This workshop is meant to educate area ranchers and the community on range and pasture improvement and the different options they have to manage their properties and livestock,” said Tyler Bobinmyer, AgriLife Extension agent in Mason County. “With the dry conditions we all suffered through last year, it’s vital that ranchers and land owners understand the options they have available to help them become better land stewards and stockmen.”

The workshop’s speakers will be Drs. Bob Lyons and Rick Machen, AgriLife Extension range and livestock specialists, respectively, from Uvalde; Matt Kast, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mason; Christy Keeler, Merck Animal Health, San Antonio; and Zane Willard, Alligare LLC., San Angelo.

The workshop topics will include forage recovery, planting and reseeding options, do-it-yourself brush control, chemical weed and brush control, restocking decisions, fly control and vaccination protocols, and livestock and feed outlook.

Four Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – two integrated pest management and two general – will be available for those with a private pesticide applicators license.

Individual preregistration is $20 and includes a noon meal sponsored by Merck Animal Health and Alligare LLC. For more information and to RSVP, call the AgriLife Extension office in Mason County at 325-347-6459. The registration cost after June 1 will be $30.


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