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Ranch Management University to address forage, livestock management

Texas

The fall session of Ranch Management University is rapidly approaching and limited seating is beginning to fill up, according to Larry Redmon, Ph.D., workshop coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist.

The five-day program targeting novice landowners is scheduled Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 at the G. Rollie White Visitor's Center on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

"This unique workshop provides a foundation of knowledge for those who are new to owning land in Texas," Redmon said. "It is designed to help new landowners improve their understanding regarding management of the various resources they find on their ranch properties."

Registration is $500 and attendance is limited to the first 40 people who enroll. To register online and to obtain additional information, go to http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter "ranch management" as the keyword.

The fall workshop topics include: soils and soil fertility, forage species selection, hay production, weed and brush management, winter pasture establishment and utilization, beef cattle breed selection, nutrient requirements and feeding strategies for livestock, grazing management strategies, live-animal handling and demonstrations of vaccinating, dehorning and cattle castration.

There will be sessions on sheep and goat production and management, as well as a session for horse owners.

"An agricultural economist will also be part of the agenda, discussing a number of topics including how to plan for profit, how to develop a marketing plan and a look at alternative enterprises," Redmon said.

Several wildlife management topics are also on the agenda, ranging from white-tailed deer and turkey management to fisheries management in ranch ponds and feral hog control.

Meals and break refreshments are covered by the registration cost, as well as 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.

Date: 9/17/2012



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