The short course, sponsored by Capital Farm Credit, will be presented Jan. 10, 17 and 24, with registration at 6 p.m. and programs beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m.
The cost for each session is $10 and attendees must RSVP by the established deadline for each individual session. RSVP to Angel Torres at the AgriLife Extension office for Bexar County, 210-467-6575.
Traceability tags will be made available by the Texas Animal Health Commission to attendees of the first session of the South Texas Beef Cattle Short Course on Jan. 10. Other course sessions will take place on Jan. 17 and 24.
Attendees for the first session on Jan. 10 must RSVP by Jan. 8. In this 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,” said Bryan Davis, AgriLife Extension agent for natural resources for 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 must RSVP by Jan. 15. In this 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, executive director, 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 said two continuing education units in the general category will be available for attendees at each session.
For more information on the 2013 South Texas Beef Cattle Short Course, contact Davis at 210-467-6575.