The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the multi-county Cattlemen's Spring Clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 4 in the Lampasas County Farm Bureau Building at 1793 North U.S. Highway 281 in Lampasas, Texas.
"We'll be offering a well-rounded program for our region's beef cattle producers with 'Drought Recovery for Cattlemen' being the theme," says Heath Lusty, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Lampasas County. "Cattle prices have remained high despite drought and high feed prices, so our goal for this program is to help producers make a profit from their remaining cattle, while helping their pastures recover."
The 2011 historic record Texas drought and heat was merciless across the entire state. Many producers, including cattle raisers, only got some sporadic rainfall for only some slight improvement in 2012, and for some ranchers, the first quarter of 2013 also has been mostly a dry period. Those who have gotten some rain will need to allow pastures to recover as they make their plans for restocking herds.
The program's topics and speakers will include:
--Market Update and Beef Economics, Dr. Jason Johnson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, Stephenville
--Herd Management for Current Conditions, Dr. Rick Machen, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Uvalde
--Dealing with Flies and External Parasites, Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension livestock entomologist, Stephenville.
--Helping Our Land Heal, Dr. Barron Rector, AgriLife Extension range specialist, College Station.
The AgriLife Extension Service offices in Lampasas, Burnet, and Llano counties are co-hosting the event.
Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, two general and one in integrated pest management, will be offered.
The required $20 individual preregistration fee includes lunch.
For more information on the Cattlemen's Spring Clinic and/or to RSVP, you can call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Lampasas County at 512-556-8271.