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Grazing Management and Stockmanship Workshop set for Sept. 25 in Corsicana


When it comes to beef cattle production, reducing animal stress can increase animal performance and the profitability of an operation, according to experts.

A Grazing Management and Stockmanship Workshop will address this and other issues Sept. 25 at the Navarro County Exposition Center.

The program will be held from 8:30 am. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and includes a steak lunch and program materials.

Presenters and topics for the day include:

--Dr. Dennis Sigler, AgriLife Extension equine specialist, will kick the program off by discussing grazing strategies and impacts of horses and the unique nutritional needs of horses.

--Mark Moseley, Texas State Grazing Land Conservation Initiative coordinator and range management specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service, will cover grazing management for beef cattle operations.

--Stacy Fox, members program manager for Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, will lead a discussion on trichomoniasis in Texas, as well as state animal health regulations that producers need to be aware of.

At 11:15 a.m. the program will break for a trade show and a steak lunch cooked by Third Avenue Meat Market--Corsicana.

Following lunch, the program will move to the enclosed livestock arena, and producers will receive hands-on instruction from Curt Pate and Dr. Ron Gill on effective stockmanship and low-stress cattle handling. Pate is a stockmanship instructor, lifelong rancher and was selected three years in a row as the American Quarter Horse Association Clinician of the Year. Gill serves as a livestock specialist with AgriLife Extension and is a lifelong cattleman. Demonstrations will be conducted on horseback using live cattle.

Those planning to attend should RSVP by Sept. 21 to Scasta at 903-654-3075 or jdscasta@ag.tamu.edu .

For more information about presenters and map/directions to the facility, go to http://navarro-tx.tamu.edu and click "Grazing Stockmanship Workshop.''

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