2011-01-13 / General Stories

Lee County January AG News

2011 Brazos Valley CEU Conference

The will be conducted on Friday, January 28, at the Burleson County Fair EXPO Building in Caldwell. TDA certified, licensed, commercial and non commercial applicators can obtain up to five CEU’s (1 L&R, 2 IPM and 2 General) in one day. Cost is $25 per person if pre registered by January 21; otherwise, it will be $35 at the door. To preregister, contact Texas AgriLife Extension in Lee County at 979-542-2753. A catered lunch will be served.

Presenters and topics will be: Brad Tullis, TDA Inspector, laws and regulations related to pesticide usage; Dr. Carlos Bográn, Extension Entomologist, insect control in pastures and hay fields; Dr. Barron Rector, Extension Range Specialist, brush and weed identification and brush ecology and management; and Dr. Paul Baumann, Extension Weed Specialist, weed control in pastures and hay fields.

This program is open to anyone wanting to attend. Individuals needing specific assistance in order to participate must contact Texas AgriLife Extension in Lee County 979-542-2753 at least five days prior to the event so that arrangements can be made.

Three-Part Beef 706 Offered to Southeast Texas Producers

The Texas Beef Council (TBC) and Texas AgriLife Extension Service have teamed up to present a special Beef 706 program, a threepart series of hands-on sessions focusing on beef quality management and marketing opportunities. This program is available to beef cattle producers from Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Lee and Washington counties.

The checkoff-funded program is designed to help producers maximize profits and have a better understanding of the production process after their cattle enter the feedyard.

Session One will be held January 27 at the Four County Livestock Auction Center in Industry, TX. Here industry experts will discuss factors effecting feeder calves. Producers will then choose a calf to monitor through the production system at the following two sessions.

Session Two will be held June 13 at the Graham Land and Cattle Co. feedyard in Gonzales, TX. During this session producers will get an inside look into the feeding industry and see the progress of their feeder calf chosen in the first session. Producers will also learn more about factors impacting feedyard performance.

Session Three will be held June 27-28 at the Meats Lab at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. This two-day session will allow producers to see their finished cattle and participate in a hands-on exercise that takes their chosen fed cattle from session one through the harvest, grading and fabrication process. In the final session, industry experts will discuss the cattle’s value highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of marketing cattle on a grid versus a live basis.

To register, please call the Lee County office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service at (979)542- 2753. Cost of the three-part program is $75 per participant.

Keeton Ehrig is the County Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, in Lee County. He can be reached at (979)542-2753 o

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