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Callahan County's Range Tour and Seminar is set for June 1 at the McCallum Ranch near Cross Plains.

"Proper ranch management is the wise manipulation of all ranch resources," said Robert Pritz, Callahan County Extension agent and the program's coordinator. "This tour and seminar will cover a variety of topics and practices that are important to top ranch resource management."

To find the ranch, go 5.7 miles north of Cross Plains on Highway 206, then go 1.4 miles west on County Road 401. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The tour leaves at 9 a.m. Three continuing education units (CEUs) will be offered.

The program is being sponsored by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Callahan Divide Soil and Water Conservation District, and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Morning speakers and their topics include: "Rangeland Health and Monitoring," with Dr. Allan McGinty, Extension range specialist, San Angelo; "Stocking Rates, Grazing Systems, and Drought Plans," with Kent Ferguson, range management specialist, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Weatherford; and "Brush Management," with J.F. Cadenhead, Extension range specialist, Vernon.

Following a catered noon meal, the program resumes with the afternoon session featuring: "Range Plants and Their Growth," by McGinty; "Seasonal Forage Intake and Performances by Animals," with Kent Mills, nutritionist, Ezell-Key, Snyder; and "Satellite Imagery for Planning and Application," with Chance Walker, NRCS range management specialist, Baird.

The program ends with an update from the Texas Section-Society of Range Management and completion of CEUs.

The tour, seminar, and meal are free to those pre-registering by May 26. Registration at the door is $8 per person.

For further information or to pre-register, contact the Callahan County Extension Office at 915-854-1518.

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