BROWNWOOD — A full slate of events marks this year’s 20th anniversary edition of the Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic May 7. The popular, long-running Extension Service program will be held in the Brownwood Coliseum.
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no registration fee. Kelley Watkins, with San Angelo-based Voice of Southwest Agriculture Radio Network, will serve as master of ceremonies for the day-long program.
State Rep. Bob Turner of Coleman County begins the morning session with a look at legislative issues and updates and how they will affect cattle producers over the coming months. Turner is followed by Tom Woodward of Decatur-based Broseco Ranch. He will suggest a number of techniques producers can apply to their herds to glean more dollars per cow.
The early morning session wraps up with talk on production lending for cow/calf operations by Scott Elston. Elston is with Stephenville’s Production Credit Association. A mid-morning break will give participants time to view the trade show and exhibits set up on the grounds.
The final morning session opens with the 1998-99 cattle outlook by Dr. Ernie Davis, Extension livestock marketing specialist at College Station. Dr. Steve Hammack, Extension beef cattle specialist at Stephenville, then leads a panel discussion featuring morning speakers Woodward, Davis, and Elston.
A free catered lunch served on the grounds is provided by the program’s sponsors and exhibitors. Sponsors include: TU Electric, Federal Land Bank, Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and eight area offices of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. The counties represented are: Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills, and San Saba.
The program continues at 1 p.m. with the day’s final two speakers. Dr. Dan Hale, Extension meat specialist at College Station, will speak on carcass quality management. Dr. Allan McGinty, San Angelo-based Extension range specialist, will cap off the clinic with a look at cattle stocking rates. The day’s formal program concludes at 3 p.m. with a second tour of the trade show and exhibit area.
For further information contact Scott Anderson, Brown County Extension agent, at (915) 646-0386 or contact the Extension offices in any of the participating eight counties.