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Spring Ranch Management University set for April 3-7 in College Station

published: March 6th 2017
by: Kay Ledbetter
source: Texas Agrilife Today


COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University will be offered April 3-7, said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program leader, College Station.

Ranch Management University is held each spring and fall at the G. Rollie White Visitors’ Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway on the Texas A&M campus in College Station.

Registration is $500 and attendance is limited to 40 people. To register online and for more information, go to http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter “ranch management” in the search window. Registration will end March 24 online.

Ranch Management University is an intensive five-day event targeting new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners and covers the fundamentals of soils and soil fertility, forage establishment, and pasture management and utilization by livestock, Redmon said.

The course is primarily taught by AgriLife Extension specialists at College Station. Speakers and their topics include:

– Dr. David Anderson, economist, Planning for Profit and Marketing Livestock: Cow-calf? Stockers? Or Own Them to the Feedlot?

– Dr. Jake Mowrer, state soil fertility specialist, Basic Soils, Soil Fertility and Soil Sampling in the Field.

– Matt Brown, forage and water quality program specialist, What Is a Watershed?

– Redmon, Forage Establishment, Weed and Brush Management, Hay Sampling, Sprayer Calibration, and Use of Prescribed Fire and the Prescribed Burn Associations.

– Jennifer Zoller, horse specialist, Horse Production 101.

– Dr. Jason Cleere, beef cattle specialist, Genetic Strategies for Profitable Beef Production, Nutrient Requirements and Supplementation of Beef Cattle, Body Condition Scores in Beef Cattle, Non-traditional Production Strategies and an animal handling demonstration at the Texas A&M Beef Center.

– Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, forage specialist in Overton, Forage Legumes in the Pasture and Hay Production.

– Jason Hohlt, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service range specialist, NRCS Financial Assistance Programs.

– Dr. Jim Cathey, wildlife specialist, Using Wildlife as Agriculture for Property Tax Purposes, Rio Grande Turkey Management, Northern Bobwhite Issues and Management, and White-Tailed Deer Management.

– Peter Woods, fisheries program specialist in Bay City, Farm Pond Management and farm pond visit.

– Josh Helcel, wildlife and fisheries associate in Gatesville, Feral Hog Issues and a hog trap demonstration.

Meals and break refreshments are covered by the registration fee, along with customized flash drives containing more than 100 publications covering ranch resource management.

For additional information or late registration, contact Linda Francis at 979-845-2425 or l-francis@tamu.edu.

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