Big Country Beef Conference set for Aug. 25 in Abilene

Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s Big Country Beef Conference has been set for Aug. 25. The biennial conference starts with registration at 8 a.m. in the Display Building next to the Extension offices at the Taylor County Expo Center grounds. This year’s event will cover everything from the current status of the industry and 2012 Farm Bill to maintaining herd performance with limited forage resources.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 beef industry outlook given by Larry Pratt, State Director with Texas Farm Bureau and Texas Beef Council Director. Dr. Joe Outlaw will discuss the 2012 Farm Bill outlook. Dr. Joe Outlaw is a Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics and also serves as a Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center.  Dr. David Anderson, Extension Economist from College Station will then discuss current market trends in the cattle markets. Session 2 will begin with Judon Fambrough discussing Oil and Gas Leasing and Emerging Water Issues. Judon is an attorney specializing in property rights, including oil and gas, wind power, hunting leases and landowner liability. Dr. Steve Lyons, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in San Angelo, will discuss the short-term and long-term weather forecast.Session 3 will begin after lunch with Travis Arledge D.V.M. of Pioneer Vet Clinic in Winters with a discussion on Herd Health Management. Dr. Ted McCollum, Extension beef cattle specialist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo will then be covering how to maintain herd performance with limited forage resources. In our fourth and final session, Dr. Charles Hart, Extension range specialist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Stephenville will discuss Brush Control Options and how they help pay for themselves. We will then have a distance education session with Dr. Larry Redmon. Dr. Redmon, Professor and State Forage Specialist from College Station will conclude our conference with a look at Pasture Management and Planning for Recovery.Individual registration is $10 if you register by Aug. 19, and $20 thereafter. Registration includes entire program and noon meal. To pre-register contact the Taylor County Extension office at (325) 672-6048 and send check, made payable to Extension Council, to the Taylor county Extension office at 1982 Lytle Way, Abilene, Texas 79602. For more information contact your local County Extension office.