The Brazos Valley Beef and Forage Expo will address timely topics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan, Texas.
Some parts of Texas have had rainfall, and there has been some improvement in pastures over last year when the 2011 historic Texas drought took such a heavy toll on pastures and range land.
Rebuilding the cow herd and selection of replacement heifers are just two of several topics that will be featured at the Brazos Valley Beef and Forage Expo.
"With pastures in better condition compared to last year, many ranchers are considering rebuilding their herds," says Dustin Coufal, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Brazos County.
The Expo will address that possibility.
"The program will feature in-depth discussion addressing this as well as strategies to control weeds in forage, and options for analyzing forage," Coufal says. "We think there are topics that will be of interest to each beef and forage producer throughout the Brazos Valley."
Cost is $15 and includes lunch and program materials.
You can pre-register through Aug. 31 by calling the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Brazos County at 979-823-0129.
Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered for participants with a private, commercial, or non-commercial pesticide applicators license.
Ron Gill, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, College Station, will speak on herd rebuilding.
Other speakers, also of College Station, will include Mark McFarland, AgriLife Extension fertility specialist, College Station, who will discuss soil fertility and analysis; Paul Baumann, AgriLife Extension weed specialist, who will look at weed control options in forage production; and Tony Provin, head of the Soil and Forage Fertility Testing Laboratory, who will talk about analysis of different forages.
For more information on the Brazos Valley Beef and Forage Expo, you can call 979-823-0129.