July 08, 2010

Ranch Management University program offered by AgriLife Extension


Contact(s): Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu  
COLLEGE STATION - The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will host a new landowner workshop Oct. 12-15 in College Station designed to help promote a better understanding of resource management.

"A number of topics will be covered both in the classroom and in the field with demonstrations as part of our (Ranch Management University) program," said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station.

Topics will include soils and soil fertility, forage species selection, hay production, weed and brush management, beef cattle breed selection, nutrient requirements and feeding strategies for livestock, and grazing management strategies.

"We’ll also cover chute-side techniques, including animal-handling demonstrations of vaccinations, dehorning, and castration," he said.

Other topics covered include how to keep good ranch records, how to develop a marketing plan and a look at alternative enterprises.

"We’ll also discuss wildlife management," Redmon said. "Several important areas will be covered including white-tailed deer management, dove, turkey, quail hunting and management, ranch pond management and what to do with feral hogs."

Field demonstrations will include learning how to assess body condition scores for cattle, how to obtain proper soil and hay samples, and hog trap construction.

"Approximately one-half of the program time is spent in a classroom setting, while the remainder of the time is spent in the field," Redmon said. "Lunch and supper will be provided and a resource CD containing dozens of publications covering ranch management will be provided."

Attendance is limited to 75 people. For additional information, contact Redmon at 979-845-4826. For registration information, visit http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu and type in "ranch management" as key words. Registration may be completed online at the site.

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