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CenTex beef cattle program set for Sept. 23 at W4 Ranch in Morgan

published: September 12th 2022
by: Susan Himes
source: Texas AgriLife Today

The CenTex Beef Cattle Symposium will be held Sept. 23 in Morgan. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service educational event will be at the W4 Ranch, 1809 Farm-to-Market Road 927.

Onsite registration will begin at 8 a.m. The program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Preregistration by Sept. 21 is required by calling 254-435-2331. The cost is $20, payable at the door, which includes breakfast and a steak lunch.

One Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education unit in integrated pest management is available.

The annual program is hosted by the AgriLife Extension offices and the Beef and Forage Committees in Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, Johnson, Limestone and McLennan counties.

“The Beef and Forage Committees within these counties are dedicated to identifying the issues and needs that will economically benefit cattle and forage production in Central Texas,” said Shane McLellan, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for McLennan County. “This is an annual event our producers always look forward to, and this year we are once again bringing them the timely topics related to cattle and forage production in our area.”

CenTex topics, speakers

The symposium will start with an overview of the history of the W4 Ranch, followed by these topics:

  • Chute-Side Etiquette – Jeff Chafin, W4 Ranch manager, Morgan.
  • Feeding with Limited Forages – Jon DeClerck, Purina Animal Nutrition, College Station.
  • Pasture Management and Restoration – Larry Redmon, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension program leader and associate head, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Bryan-College Station.
  • Bull Selection Using EPDs – Chafin.
  • Wildlife and Hunting – Randall Mullins, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden, Bosque County.
  • Beef Cattle Market Updates – David Anderson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, Bryan-College Station.

A variety of commercial agriculture vendor booths will be set up to visit before, during and after the program. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the day.

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