Big Country Beef Conference slated for Aug. 22 in Abilene


by Susan Himes, AgriLife Today/Texas A&M AgriLife

July 10, 2019


ABILENE — Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the Big Country Beef Conference on Aug. 22 at the Taylor County Expo Center in the Big Country Hall, 1700 Texas  Highway 36, Abilene.


The event will run from 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m., with registration and coffee starting at 7:30 a.m. Call the AgriLife Extension office of Taylor County at 325-672-6048 to register. The cost is $15 if registered before Aug. 15, or $20 at the door. Lunch is included.


Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered; one in integrated pest management, one in laws and regulations, and one general.


“This is a broad-ranging cattle conference covering a variety of topics,” said Cody Hill, AgriLife Extension agent for Taylor County. “We’ll have experts covering the most timely topics relevant to cattle raisers today.”


Topics and speakers include:


Industry Issues


    Leasing and Liability Considerations for Landowners and Agricultural Producers – Stephanie Bradley Fryer, attorney, Stamford.

    Livestock Risk Protection Options for Cattle Producers – Cary Franks, Capital Farm Credit, Lubbock.

    Incorporating Pasture Rangeland Forage Insurance Into Your Ranch Managemen Plan – Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist, San Angelo.


Beef Herd Management


    Nutritional Management: “How Much Should I Feed My Cows?” – Dr. Ron Gill, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, College Station.

    Preventative Herd Health Management – Kevin Johnson, assistant director of Texas Christian University’s Ranch Management Program, Fort Worth.


Range Management


    Integrating Brush Management in Wildlife Habitat – James Jackson, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Stephenville.

    Balancing Rangeland Opportunities – Dr. Morgan Treadwell, AgriLife Extension range specialist, San Angelo.

    Herbicide Laws and Regulations Update – Jason Jones, Texas Department of Agriculture, Abilene.




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