The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar Beef Cattle Committee will co-present the 2013 South Texas Beef Cattle Short Course over three evenings in Room 109 of Perdenales Hall, Palo Alto Community College, at 1400 West Villaret Street, in San Antonio.
Sponsored by Capital Farm Credit, the short course will be presented Jan. 10, 17, and 24, with registration at 6 p.m. and programs starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. each of those evenings.
The cost for each session is just $10, and those planning to attend must respond by the established deadline for each individual session. You can RSVP to Angel Torres at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office for Bexar County by calling 210-467-6575.
Attendees for the first session on Jan. 10 must RSVP by Jan. 8.
In the Jan. 10 session, Dr. Thomas Lansford, Region 5 director for the Texas Animal Health Commission, Beeville, will address details of the new cattle traceability rule. He will be followed by Dr. Rick Machen, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Uvalde, who will present a beef outlook titled "Better and Different Times Ahead."
"Probably the most important aspect of this first session will be that the TAHC will be making traceability tags available to attendees that night," says Bryan Davis, AgriLife Extension agent for natural resources in Bexar County and a short course program coordinator. "Usually, landowners with cattle have to come to the office to get these tags, so this will make getting the tags a lot more convenient."
Jan. 17 session attendees will need to RSVP by Jan. 15. In the second session, Dr. Paul Baumann, AgriLife Extension weed specialist, College Station, will address weed management in pastures and hay fields. Dr. Robert Lyons, AgriLife Extension range management specialist, Uvalde, will present on brush management and control options.
Jan. 24 session attendees must RSVP by Jan. 22. This session will include a Texas Animal Health Commission diseases update by Dr. Dee Ellis, TAHC executive director, of Austin. Ellis' presentation will be followed by the presentation "Estate Law's 'Hot Topics and Changes' for 2013" by Jeremiah Leibowitz, Texas Ag Law, San Antonio, and then a presentation by Dr. Travis Whitney, a livestock nutrition expert with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, San Angelo, on a comparison of juniper feeds for livestock.
Davis says two continuing education units in the general category will be obtainable at each session.
For more, contact Davis at 210-467-6575.