The lead speaker at an upcoming cattleman's clinic warned that producers sometimes feel like they've been browbeat out the business after his presentations on rebuilding cow/calf herds.
Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural economist, Vernon, will keynote the Cattlemen's Cow/Calf Clinic slated for Thursday, March 28, at the Henderson County Fair Park Complex, 3356 Highway 31, in Athens, Texas.
"But I'm optimistic," Bevers says. "If I own cows and if they have calves for me, I'll be able to sell those calves for a lot of money; more than we've ever sold them before in our lives. We've just got to be cautious."
The program will begin at 3:30 p.m. and wrap up by about 8 p.m., he says.
Other speakers and topics will include:
--"Cow-Calf Producers: An Integral Part of The Beef Producers Chain," by Surcy Peoples, customer service director at Cactus Feeders, Amarillo
--"The Growing Importance of Water and Water Issues in East Texas," by Blake Alldredge, AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries associate, College Station
--"Cattle Working and Herd Health—What to Do and When," by Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton;
--"Options and Opportunities for Landowners," by Julie Moore, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Athens
Rick Hirsch, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent of Henderson County, says new products, changing health regulations, and fluctuating markets are all challenges for today's beef producers.
"The Henderson County Beef Cattle Committee has developed clinic with the producer in mind," he says.
Registration for the clinic will begin at 3 p.m. and costs $15. It will include a meal and 1.5 continuing education units from the Texas Department of Agriculture for private pesticide applicators' licenses. To register, contact the Extension office in Henderson County at 903-675-6130. A map to the fair complex can be found here.
"We only ask they preregister so that we can have a head count for the meal," Hirsch says. "They can still wait and pay at the door if they preregister."
The event also will include livestock working demonstrations, cattle exhibits, and product exhibits.
Local sponsors of the clinic include Holiday Inn Express, the Heritage Land Bank, First State Bank, AgriLand Farm Credit, and AgriLife Extension.