The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the webinar “Edwards Plateau: Stewardship Examples in Brush Management” on March 2 from noon to 1 p.m. as part of its ongoing Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, RWFM, Stewardship Series.
The webinar will discuss how livestock ranching practices like prescribed burns and chemical applications can be used to maximize brush management.
Cost is $35, and advance registration is required at https://tx.ag/RWFMStewardshipWebinars.
After payment has been received, a follow-up email will be sent from the event organizer with instructions on how to access the webinar.
Featured speaker to discuss multi-species grazing
The featured speaker is Curry Campbell, managing partner of Campbell-Mayer Live Oak Ranch and Mayer 4 River Ranch in Edwards and Menard counties.
Campbell, along with his wife Bonnie Lou, stock their properties with cattle, sheep and goats. They have a philosophy to “take half and leave half” when it comes to range management, and work to improve the condition of pastures through multi-species grazing and the use of fire, chemical and/or mechanical means.
“Good range management is a way to maximize minimal rain,” he said. “I will always strive to leave our ranch in better condition than when I started managing it, and fire is one of the most economical brush management and forage rejuvenation tools we have.”
Campbell will discuss how diversity in grazing species has allowed them the opportunity to maximize brush management in their arid climate by using goats before and after prescribed burns, cattle harvesting mature grass allowing for new regrowth, and forb production for wildlife.
He will also cover the use of sheep on harvesting forbs, goats on helping to control regrowth of agarita, persimmon, prickly ash and other brush species after using a mulcher as a mechanical means.
For questions, contact series co-creators Brittany Chesser, AgriLife Extension aquatic vegetation program specialist, Bryan-College Station, at email@example.com, or Morgan Treadwell, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension rangeland specialist, San Angelo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.