The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has rescheduled their May 1 livestock guardian dog, LGD, field day. The event will now be held Sept. 25.
“We still want to be able to bring people the newest information about livestock guardian dogs and the latest from our LGD research here at the center,” said John Walker, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research rangeland specialist, San Angelo. “So, we will be developing an online event for May 1 and will let everyone know the details when available.”
The LGD fall field day event will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Roeder Ranch at 6918 White Oak Road in Fredericksburg.
The cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple if registered before Sept. 4; cost is $40 per person and $50 per couple after that date. Call the AgriLife Extension office of Gillespie County at 830-997-3452 to register.
“Surveys show past LGD field days we’ve held have been a great success with participants telling us they increased their knowledge regarding LGDs by about 40%, and they estimated the economic benefit to their operations at $8.50 per head of small ruminant,” said John Walker, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research rangeland specialist, San Angelo.
Scheduled presentations will cover LGD healthcare, dog behaviors, LGD breeds, LGD fact vs. fiction and the AgriLife LGD program.
“Successful LGD programs are highly effective at reducing, if not completely eliminating, sheep and goat predation,” said Reid Redden, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center interim director and AgriLife Extension sheep and goat specialist, San Angelo. “However, developing a successful LGD program requires expertise, persistence and some adaptability.
“The upcoming AgriLife LGD Field Day will build upon our past events. Some of the basics of LGD management will be discussed by various speakers and Texas A&M AgriLife Research will present demonstrations and share the latest on the research we have going on at the center. This field day will also include ranch tours, hands-on demonstrations and LGD related vendors.”
Speakers will include Walker, Redden and Bill Costanzo, AgriLife Research LGD specialist, San Angelo. There will also be a veterinarian and a slate of other expert speakers, as well as a panel discussion comprised of experienced LGD producers.
“This will be a great opportunity for current and prospective owners of livestock guardian dogs to see demonstrations, hear presentations and ask any questions they may have about caring for, owning and working with these dogs,” Costanzo said.
Coffee and donuts will be provided courtesy of Farm Bureau and Capital Farm Credit will be sponsoring the lunch for participants.