Brady to host Central Texas Cattle and Forage Training

Following record breaking rainfall along with strong cattle markets, several county ag committees have teamed up with the Cooperative Extension service to host a special ‘Central Texas Stocker Cattle and Forage Training’ Sept. 17. The meeting will beheld at the Ed Davenport Civic Center in Brady, located on U.S. Hwy. 87 North near the golf course. Registration will start at 6 p.m. and is open to anyone interested. Two continuing educational units are being offered for individuals needing general hours for the renewal of their pesticide licenses. The main theme of the training will be the utilization of stocker cattle on various small grain forages such as wheat, oats, rye or triticale. Successful stocker operations depends on the producer’s ability to balance forage and animal production with several outside factors, such as weather, insects, diseases and markets. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. with Dr. Billy Warrick, A&M professor and Extension agronomist at San Angelo, reviewing the numerous recommended management practices that have proven to boost forage production. Addressing the animal side of the equation, Dr. Jason Sawyer, assistant professor in beef cattle marketing and production at Texas A&M, will present several recommended management practices and practical marketing strategies that can help area producers maximize their small grain profits. Although there is not a registration charge for the training, interested participants are encouraged to contact one of the host county Extension offices to pre-registration. Host counties include Brown, Concho, Coleman, Mason, McCulloch, Menard and San Saba counties.

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