RANKIN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Upton County has set their Fall Livestock and Range Update program for Oct. 16.
The classroom part of the program will start with an 8-8:30 a.m. registration at the AgriLife Extension office in Upton County at 1000 N. State Highway 329. The classroom portion should end by noon. An optional tour following the indoor session will be three miles east of Rankin on U.S. Highway 67 on the Rusty Ratliff Ranch, according to Raymond Quigg, AgriLife Extension agent in Upton County.
“Weather-wise, last year was one of the worst years on record for much of this region, and while some have enjoyed some bountiful rains recently, others have not,” Quigg said. “The whole idea behind this program is to see where we stand from a livestock and range production standpoint and to explore some ideas about where to go from here.”
The program’s topics and speakers will include:
– Restocking Cattle Considerations – Has Anything Changed?, Dr. Bruce Carpenter, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Fort Stockton.
– Forage Quality During Kidding, Lambing and Calving Season, Dr. Alyson McDonald, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Fort Stockton.
– Improving Your Lamb/Kid Crop by Controlling Abortive Diseases and Improving Reproductive Efficiency, and Ethnic Market Outlook, Dr. Frank Craddock, AgriLife Extension state sheep and goat specialist, San Angelo.
The program will end with a tour of mesquite control work conducted on the Rusty Ratliff Ranch.
Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered.
Individual registration is $10, payable at the door. For more information, call Quigg at 432-693-2313, firstname.lastname@example.org .