AgriLife Extension Big Country Beef Conference set for August 22

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Big Country Beef Conference has been set for Aug. 22. The biennial conference starts with registration at 8 a.m. in the Big Country Hall next to the Extension offices located on the grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center. This year’s event will focus on the current state of the industry, stocker/yearling management and heifer development.The conference is the largest and most comprehensive educational beef program in the Big Country. We typically draw speakers and participants from across Texas.Session 1 of the program will begin with a state of the beef industry outlook given by Heath Crumley. Heath is from Robinson, Texas and is a sales consultant with Tyson Foods. Jeff Geider will then discuss cattle market analysis. Jeff is a marketing professor and director of the TCU Ranch Management Program in Fort Worth, Texas. Session 2 will begin with Kent Mills discussing nutrition management for grazing small grains. Kent is a range nutritionist with Hi-Pro Feeds with responsibilities over range cattle nutrition and mineral supplement development. Stan Bevers, Extension economist from Vernon, will follow with a discussion on the decision process that goes into deciding whether to graze-out or go to harvest with our winter wheat crop. There will then be a distance education session with Dr. Larry Redmon. Dr. Redmon, Professor and State Forage Specialist from College Station will conclude session 2 with a look at Pasture Management: During and After Drought.      Session 3 will begin after lunch with Kevin Johnson, Professor at the TCU Ranch Management Program, with a discussion on the Value of Animal Health. Dr. Mac Devin, Senior Professional Services Veterinarian — Cattle at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica will follow with a discussion covering herd health management of stockers and yearlings. In the fourth and final session, Dr. Ron Gill, Extension livestock specialist from College Station will discuss Keys to Replacement Heifer Development. An important decision facing cow-calf producers is whether to raise or purchase replacement heifers. Paul Weiser with Texas Department of Agriculture will conclude the conference with an updated look at Herbicide Laws and Regulations. Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available for private pesticide applicator license-holders.Individual registration is $20. Registration includes entire program and noon meal. For more information, contact the Taylor county Extension office at (325) 672-6048.