Range, livestock workshop set for July 31 in Ozona

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu
Contact: Chase McPhaul, 325-392-2721, pcmcphaul@ag.tamu.edu

OZONA – A Texas AgriLife Extension Service range and wildlife management workshop has been set from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 31 in the Crockett County Convention Center in Ozona.

Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one laws and regulations, one integrated pest management and three general – will be available for those with a valid private pesticide applicator’s license.

“This program will center on the drought we are still very much in here in Crockett County,” said Chase McPhaul, AgriLife Extension agent in Crockett County. “We’ve had more moisture this year than last, but times are still hard out here in West Texas.

“During this workshop, we’ll be discussing drought management strategies, how the dry weather has affected livestock, supplemental feeding regimes and range and pasture issues. We’ll also hear how the dry weather hasn’t slowed the influx of feral hogs to our area and what’s being done about it.”

Speakers and their topics will include:

– Dr. Frank Craddock, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist at San Angelo, supplemental feeding, drought management, health issues and the future of hair sheep.

– Dr. Alyson McDonald, AgriLife Extension range specialist at Fort Stockton, rangeland drought recovery, drought management and re-seeding.

– Cory Pence, Texas Department of Agriculture, San Angelo, pesticide laws and regulations.

– Jake Babb, Crockett County trapper, feral hog trapping techniques and feral hog update.

Individual registration is $20 and includes lunch. RSVP by July 25 by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Crockett County at 325-392-2721. Further information can also be obtained by calling the AgriLife Extension office.

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