Callahan County Range Field Day with wildlife focus set Sept. 17

BAIRD – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding the Callahan County Range Field Day on Sept. 17 in Baird. The cost is $15 if preregistered by Sept. 16, or $20 the day of the event.  

Preregister by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Callahan County at 325-854-5835. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The event will tour several different locations and include discussions and demonstrations to address  prickly pear evaluation, selecting herbicides to control brush species, plant identification and wildlife uses. Three general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered.

“This will be a very educational program,” said Karl Winge, AgriLife Extension agent in Callahan County. “We’ll be looking at prickly pear demonstration plots, using small equipment to control brush and learning about the benefit of prescribed burns at the field day.”

The day will start with registration and then a tour at Chase Goldsmith’s ranch, located on the west side of U.S. Highway 283, 5.4 miles north of Baird. Pass through the cattle guards and park alongside the road.  

James Jackson, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Stephenville, will begin the program discussing the research on prickly pear in Callahan County. Prickly pear plots will be visited and Jackson will also discuss which nozzles to use for brush control and how to select application herbicides with wildlife in mind.

The field day will then progress down the road for a demonstration by Bobcat of Abilene, which will consist of mesquite and brush removal using small equipment. Matt Brewer, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service soil conservationist, Baird, will talk about plant identification. Ricky Linex, USDA-NRCS wildlife biologist, Weatherford, will discuss plants that are beneficial to area wildlife. 

The tour will then return to the AgriLife Extension office in Callahan County, where lunch will be served. Annaliese Scoggin, Texas Parks and Wildlife district biologist, Abilene, will conclude the field day by covering prescribed burns and their benefits to wildlife.

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