The team is made up of Larry Falconer, an AgriLife Extension economist in Corpus Christi; Jerry Gray, an AgriLife Extension agent in Refugio County; Donnie Montemayor, an AgriLife Extension agent in Bee County; Joe Paschal, an AgriLife Extension livestock specialist in Corpus Christi; and Brian Yanta, an AgriLife Extension agent in Goliad County.
The award noted that the tri-county area of Bee, Goliad and Refugio counties is known for its beef cattle production, and that for ranchers there the management expertise provided by the team has become invaluable.
When beef cattle producers determined they needed an alternative market for their product, the AgriLife Extension team was credited with forming a special task force to create a commercial female cattle sale, complete with an educational component.
As a result, the award noted that “over the last four years, the tri-county commercial female cattle sale has expanded into a regional effort involving 12 counties and has raised $675,000 in additional revenues for area producers.”
The team was cited for helping ranchers add value and acquire premium prices for their cattle.