Ranch Management University fall session set Oct. 20-24 in College Station

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – The intensive five-day Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University will be held Oct. 20-24 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

The workshop will meet in the G. Rollie White Visitor’s Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway, said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station.

“Our program is designed for the new landowner who may have questions about how to manage their piece of Texas,” Redmon said.

Registration is $500, with attendance limited to the first 50 who enroll. Redmon advised those interested to not wait to register. To register online and for more information, go to http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu  and enter “ranch management” into the search window.

Redmon said the workshop is offered twice a year, with the fall session covering fundamentals of soils and soil fertility; forage establishment; pasture, livestock, wildlife and grazing management; stocking rates and body condition scoring.

Additionally, there will be wildlife management sessions on white-tailed deer, turkey, quail, feral hogs and farm ponds. Various forage species, including Bermuda grass and other introduced forages, native forages, small grains, annual ryegrass and clovers,also will be studied by workshop attendees.

Approximately one-third of the workshop involves lectures and discussion, Redmon said, with the remainder consisting of field demonstrations.

“Field demonstrations will include learning how to properly calibrate a sprayer, assess body condition scores of cattle, obtain proper soil and hay samples, and assess the fish populations in ponds,” Redmon said.

There will also be a discussion regarding pond weeds and a demonstration on hog trap design.

Meals and break refreshments are covered by the registration fee, along with a resource CD containing more than 100 publications covering ranch resource management.

For additional information, contact Redmon at 979-845-4826 or l-redmon@tamu.edu.

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