OVERTON – Last year’s three-day, intensive Pasture and Livestock Management Workshop for beginners proved so popular that Texas A&M University faculty at Overton in Rusk County will be giving the workshop twice this coming spring.
“Unlike other Texas Cooperative Extension ranching programs, the focus of this program is not so much how to fine-tune an operation, but how to get started in ranching and pasture management the right way with research-based information. said Dr. Larry Redmon, Extension forage specialist and coordinator for the workshops. “We will start with the assumption that our audience knows next to nothing about ranching except that they want to do it.”
Because the workshop is designed for one-on-one interaction with Texas A&M agricultural experts, membership is restricted to 50 people for the workshops. Participants are encouraged to register now. Registration for one workshop was nearly filled by mid-October.
“Past experience has shown the other workshop’s registration slots will fill up fast and early,” Redmon noted.
The program will be held at the Texas A&M University Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Overton in Rusk County. The center is the regional headquarters for both Extension specialists and scientists with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, a number of whom will be involved in the program.
“Each workshop lasts three days, with about half that time spent in the field for various demonstrations of “how to” methodologies of planting, calibrating sprayers, inoculating legume seed, castrating, vaccination, and de-horning calves, pasture and livestock management, and more,” Redmon said.
Those attending the workshop will learn how to:
* establish a business plan for the ranch and keep proper records,
* evaluate alternative agricultural enterprises,
* choose the appropriate forage species for East Texas,
* fertilize pastures and design forage systems that minimize winter feeding costs,
* set up pastures for cattle and set the correct stocking rates,
* choose the appropriate cattle breeds for East Texas,
* pick the optimum animal breeding/calving seasons,
* promote good animal health and
* market their cattle.
In addition to the outdoor and hands-on activities, researchers will give tours of the various forage and grazing study sites, showing how theory is carried to actual practice. There also will be a demonstration on how to move livestock with stock dogs.
Cost of registration is $300 per person, a price that includes two evening meals, two lunches, break refreshments, and educational materials. Also included in the registration fee is a limited edition — available only to workshop attendees — cap and shirt.
“This $300 will probably be the least expensive and wisest investment landowners ever make in the cattle business,” Redmon said. “The registration fee covers the meals and educational materials. Having the opportunity to pick the brains of eight senior researchers and Extension specialists is basically free.”
Past attendees have commented that what they learned in just one hour of instruction and interaction paid for the registration fee, he added.
“If you sat down with a CPA, ask yourself how long it would take to spend $300,” Redmon said. “We’re giving 24 hours of information during three days of instruction designed to save them money — big money — and headache.”
To register, send a check or money order to Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Grazing School Registration, P.O. Box 38, Overton, TX 75684. Make the check or money order out to “TAES.”
For more information, contact Redmon either by phone (903-834-6191) or by email:firstname.lastname@example.org.