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South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic, Trade Show set Oct. 25

The 42nd annual South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic and Trade Show is scheduled Oct. 25 at the Washington County Fairgrounds Sales Facility in Brenham.

Registration is $20 the day of the event and will be from 7:15 a.m. to 8 a.m. The clinic will conclude at 4 p.m.

“All area producers are encouraged to attend to receive information to help them make sound management decisions in their beef cattle operations,” said Larry Pierce, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Washington County. “A great list of speakers has been selected based on the recommendations of the area beef and forage committee members from Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Fayette, Grimes, Harris, Lee, Waller and Washington counties.”

Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, College Station, will start the morning session with a presentation on the importance of body condition scoring cows to maximize calf yield. Ron Gill, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, College Station, will provide information on how to negotiate lease agreements.

David Anderson, AgriLife Extension livestock marketing economist, College Station, will provide a livestock market outlook.

“Producers will also hear more about what cattle buyers are looking for in calves and how producers can add value to their calves prior to sale with Brian Cummins leading this presentation,” Pierce said.

Cummins is a retired AgriLife Extension agent from Van Zandt County.

Mark Matocha, AgriLife Extension agricultural and environmental safety specialist, College Station, will help producers understand integrated pest management and discuss some of the issues associated with integrated pest management. At the conclusion of the program, Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist, College Station, will discuss land stewardship principles to help producers understand how to care for their land to maintain productivity.

Cow-calf clinic participants who hold a private, commercial, or non-commercial pesticide applicators license can earn two hours of continuing education units in the integrated pest management category. Beef cattle producers certified under the Texas Beef Quality Producer Program can receive 1.5 beef quality credits for attending the clinic.

“Some of the other special attractions for everyone’s enjoyment at the clinic will be live cattle demonstrations, commercial exhibits, equipment displays, refreshment breaks, barbecue beef and sausage lunch, social hour, proceedings and much more,” Pierce said.

For additional information, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Washington County at 979-277-6212.

Date: 10/21/2013



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