Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Kara Matheney, 979-277-6212, email@example.com
BRENHAM – The 46th Annual South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic is scheduled Oct. 27 at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 1305 East Blue Bell Road in Brenham.
Cost is $20 at the door and includes a barbecue lunch. A trade show will also be held and an afternoon social immediately following the clinic. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the program starting at 8 a.m.
The program is sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents and beef committees from Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Fayette, Grimes, Harris, Lee, Washington and Waller counties.
“A great list of program topics and excellent speakers have been prepared based on the recommendations of the area beef and forage committee members,” said Kara Matheney, AgriLife Extension agent in Washington County. “The 2017 clinic will focus on adding value to the calf crop. The day is packed full of great presentations and live cattle demonstrations and includes a number of contests for participants to test their knowledge and skills. Throughout the day there will be time to visit with trade show vendors, view cattle in the contests, and network with producers, speakers, and others.”
Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Corpus Christi, will give a presentation on adding value to calves through preconditioning/backgrounding programs. He will also be part of a panel of speakers discussing the value in calves from a buyer’s perspective.
Matheney said for the fourth year in a row the Washington County Beef and Forage Committee has partnered with Texas Farm Credit to purchase a commercial heifer at the fair.
“We will have a drawing for her as the grand door-prize at the end of the day,” she said. “Participants must be registered for the entire day and must be present to win.”
Cow-calf clinic participants who hold a private, commercial or noncommercial pesticide applicators license from the Texas Department of Agriculture will receive one hour of continuing education in the integrated pest management category and one hour general. Beef cattle producers certified under the Texas Beef Quality Producer Program will receive beef quality credits for attending.
For more information, call the AgriLife Extension office in Washington County at 979-277-6212.