Livestock predator program set Sept. 17 in Brownwood

 

Livestock guardian dogs will be one of the ways to manage predators discussed on Sept. 17 in Brownwood. (AgriLife Extension photo by Susan Himes)

BROWNWOOD — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding a livestock predator program on Sept. 17 at the Brown County Fairgrounds, 4206 U.S. Highway 377 S. in Brownwood.

The program will address the question of what livestock and/or wildlife producers can do to manage predators. 

The cost is $30 if preregistered by Sept. 10 and $40 after that date. Fees are payable at the door, and cost includes a catered lunch. To preregister,  contact the AgriLife Extension office of Brown County at 325-646-0386.

Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units are available, three in integrated pest management and two general.

“Coyotes, bobcats, feral hogs, black-headed vultures, mountain lions and a few more wild animals are all currently causing livestock and deer losses due to predation,” said Scott Anderson, AgriLife Extension agent for Brown County. “These livestock predators are in Brown and every other surrounding county. It seems that predator numbers continue to grow each year.”

Program topics and speakers include:

  • Utilizing guardian dogs to manage predators – Bill Constanzo, AgriLife Extension livestock guardian dog specialist, San Angelo. 
  • Wildlife Services predator management – Mike Bodenchuk, Texas state director, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, San Antonio.
  • Wild Pig Control and Management – Josh Helcel, AgriLife Extension associate, Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, College Station.
  • Managing coyote, mountain lion and bobcat predators – John Tomecek, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, San Angelo.
  • Nuisance wildlife predator management – Maureen Frank, Ph.D.,  AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Uvalde.

The event is presented by the AgriLife Extension offices of Brown, Mills and San Saba counties. For more information, call 325-646-0386 or email Anderson at sa-anderson@tamu.edu.  

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