It's time to rebuild cowherds. A Texas AgriLife Extension Service program specifically designed to help cattle producers plan for rebuilding their beef herd will be presented May 3 at St. Mary of the Assumption church, 100 St. Mary's Road in String Prairie.
"The reduced cow inventory combined with high input costs, competing uses for land, prices of competing meats, and the radical changes in grain use are reshaping the beef business," says Dr. Rick Machen, Texas AgriLife Extenson Service livestock specialist in Uvalde and program presenter. "Those with serious intent to enter, rebuild or expand their operations can't wait for rains and greener pastures. They need to develop a plan they can have in place when the opportunity presents itself."
Machen notes the "Rebuilding the Beef Herd" program in Bastrop County is part of a statewide AgriLife Extension educational initiative. The program starts at 8:30 a.m. with a general session featuring topics "Beef—Better (and Different) Times Ahead," "Forage Recovery and Pasture Restocking" and Evaluating Replacement Options."
Lunch will be at noon, followed by the 1 p.m. presentation, "Can a $2,500 Cow Break Even?" From 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. there will be two afternoon breakout sessions—one that will address flexibility in resource use and the other addressing leased grazing. These two sessions will be repeated from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the program to adjourn at 5 p.m.
"Some beef-cattle producer challenges in this area include pasture management, such as waiting for drought-stricken forages to recover, or replanting for more immediate results, determining proper restocking rates and timing, and deciding how much to spend on placement cattle," says Rachel Bauer, AgriLife Extension agent in Bastrop County. "Producers will benefit from this program and get useful information they can apply to their operations."
Registration is $40 per person, including lunch. To register online, go to http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and type "beef" into the keyword field.