New landowners interested in getting the most for their input dollar can find out the do's and don'ts during the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, coordinators say.
Scheduled for April 15-19 in the G. Rollie White Visitor's Center, this workshop is designed to help new landowners improve their understanding of how to manage various resources they find on their ranch properties, says Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist.
"Rising input costs make every ranch decision critical," Redmon says. "We may not be able to do anything about rising input costs, but we can help Ranch Management University attendees understand which decisions are important and how to optimize production."
Registration is $500 and attendance is limited. Slots are going fast this spring, Redmon says, so those wanting to attend are encouraged to register as soon as possible. To register online, for more information, go to agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter "ranch management" in the search window.
Redmon says the workshop is offered twice a year, with the spring topics covering soils, forages, hay, weeds and brush, winter pastures, and livestock production, including cattle, horse, sheep, and goats. Chute-side talks will be made on live-animal handling and demonstrations of vaccinating, dehorning, and castration of cattle. Other discussion will cover profit plans, marketing plans, and alternative enterprises, along with wildlife management of white-tailed deer, turkeys, fish, and feral hogs.
Field demonstrations include learning how to assess body condition scores of cattle, how to take proper soil and hay samples, and how to assess the fish populations in ponds.
Meals and break refreshments are covered by the registration fee, as well as a resource CD containing more than 100 publications covering ranch resource management.
For more, contact Redmon at 979-845-4826 or by Email to email@example.com.