A presentation by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will discuss the reopening of a large-scale lamb-harvesting plant during the next On the Line with AgriLife online event at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 16.
The free half-hour program will be on the Zoom meeting platform and advance registration is required.
“We will be discussing the revitalization of the lamb and goat industry in the Concho Valley,” said Emily Grant, AgriLife Extension agent for Val Verde County. “This is a continuation of our ongoing monthly program covering relevant topics to West Texas agriculture.”
The event will feature a speaker from Double J Lamb of Greely, Colorado. Double J purchased the former Ranchers Lamb facility on City Farm Road in San Angelo last year.
“The facility in San Angelo was originally built in the 1990s by a cooperative group of ranchers; however, it closed in the early 2000s,” said Reid Redden, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension sheep and goat specialist and Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center interim director, San Angelo.
Redden said the Hasbrouck family, which also owns a large-scale lamb feedlot in Colorado, reopened the plant in response to the closure of a similar size lamb-harvesting facility in Greeley, Colorado.
“This will be a great opportunity for the local ranching community to hear from the owners of the company about their plans with the plant formally known as Ranchers Lamb,” he said.
Redden will host the event and the representative from Double J will speak for about 30 minutes, then take questions from the audience.
Monthly webinars feature various AgriLife Extension agents and specialists discussing topics important to West Texas stakeholders, although Texans statewide are welcome to participate.
AgriLife Extension agents Grant; Cody Trimble, Glasscock County; Sami Lindsey, Crane County; Payton Keifer, Pecos County; Tanner Hash, Martin County; Dakota Kempken, Glasscock County; Jessica McCrory, Terrell County; and Matlin Sain, Presidio County, organized the series.
Additional information on the series can be found on the AgriLife Extension Far West Texas District 6 Facebook page. Videos of past topics and a schedule of upcoming topics are also available online. To get text reminders about programs, send @OTLWA to 81010.