SONORA/ROCKSPRINGS – A Predator Management Workshop has been scheduled from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Sonora/Rocksprings Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station.
The station is located 28 miles south of Sonora on U.S. Highway 55.
“Continued drought and wildfires that caused predators of livestock to move and lack of control by producers once they get here have added to predation pressure on our sheep, goats and wildlife in recent years, and there seems to be no relief in sight,” said Pascual Hernandez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Sutton County. “With this meeting, the AgriLife Research Station’s predator committee is partnering with AgriLife Extension to inform this region’s producers about what is available to help them cope with this perennial, but growing problem that’s literally affecting the survival of our region’s ranching industry.”
Topics and speakers will include: the Sutton and Edwards counties Predator Management Clubs and the Feral Hog Abatement Program, Jimmy Holman, rancher and president of the Sutton County Predator Association; Impact of Predation on Livestock and Wildlife, Mark Mapston, Texas Wildlife Services, Uvalde; Feral Hogs as Disease Vectors, Chronic Wasting Disease, Dr. Pete Fincher, Texas Animal Health Commission, Lampsasas; and Trapping Demonstrations, Cliff Brister and Dano Stotts, Texas Wildlife Services, Sutton and Edwards counties respectively.
The workshop will end with a catered lunch at the station.
Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, 1.5 integrated pest management and 1.5 general, will be offered.
Individual registration, which includes lunch, is $12. Organizers ask those planning to attend to RSVP by Oct. 2 by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Sutton County at 325-387-3101.