MASON – The Spring Beef Cattle Field Day presented by Texas Cooperative Extension is set for 9 a.m. May 16 at the Mason County Community Center. The community center is on U.S. Highway 87 South, also known as the Fredericksburg Highway.
“This year’s program will deal with diseases of livestock and zoonotic diseases,” said Brent Drennan, Extension agent in Mason County. “Zoonotic diseases are animal diseases that are transmissible to humans; rabies is a good example. In our usually semi-arid, thinly stocked area, animal diseases are generally not a concern, but they could be. “This program is meant to familiarize producers with some of the disease problems they might encounter. We’re not trying to alarm anyone,” he said. “We just want producers to know what symptoms to look for in livestock and wildlife so they can better recognize and act on problems if they occur.”
Participants will be given information on how to handle a situation and whom to contact in the event of a foreign disease outbreak, Drennan said. Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered.
Individual registration is $10 by May 11 and $15 thereafter. A steak lunch will be provided. For more information or to register call the Extension office in Mason County at 325-347-6459.