Three Sheep and Goat Risk Management Workshops for commercial producers have been set for May and June in Texas.
The workshops have similar curriculums tailored to their respective locations and each will last from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are scheduled for May 31 at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office for Gillespie County, 95 Frederick Road in Fredericksburg; June 5 in the Ed Davenport Civic Center, 100 Brady Country Club Road in Brady; and June 7 at the Iraan Civic Center, 9271 Alley Oop Lane in Iraan. The workshops are being hosted by a service partnership comprised of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers' Association, and the USDA Risk Management Agency, and the American Sheep Industry Association. The workshops are mean to familiarize sheep and goat producers with the risk management tools now available, says Bill Thompson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist at San Angelo and the workshops' coordinator.
Topics at each of the workshops will be the similar and include: Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Rainfall Index as a Risk Management Tool; Price Seasonality and Lamb/Kid Market Outlook; Demographics of Lamb Consumers; Successor Development and Management Transition on Family Ranches; and Livestock Risk Protection and Cost of Production Analysis.
"The workshops target commercial producers, but the information is applicable to producers with operations of any size," Thompson says. "Prices paid for sheep and goats continue to be excellent and the future of the industry is bright. It is the partnership's aim to help growers incorporate risk management strategies into their plans as they contemplate either expansion or drought recovery efforts."
Individual pre-registration due one week before each workshop date is just $15. But late registration or at the door is $40. To pre-register and for more information, contact Thompson by calling him at 325-653-4576 or through Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.