Beef cattle short course slated
"Each year, the last day of the short course is devoted to demonstrations that involve basic ranch management practices as well as new and innovative techniques," said Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator. "These sessions provide a hands-on perspective so that they can return to the ranch and apply them to their beef cattle operations."
Scheduled demonstrations on Aug. 5 include brush management techniques, cattle handling and pen design, carcass quality, chute-side manners, cattle selection, business management and a tour of Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine. Registrants can also receive training to earn a private pesticide applicator's license.
"Much of the state is currently experiencing drought conditions or is recovering," Cleere said. "Several of the 20 different cattleman's college sessions at the short course will address these conditions."
Teinert Grit Farm joins Angus Association
GAUSE—Teinert Grit Farm & More of Gause are new members of the American Angus Association, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed registry organization in Saint Joseph, Missouri.
The American Angus Association, with nearly 33,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef cattle registry Association in the world.
Its computerized records include detailed information on nearly 16 million registered Angus. Aug. 5 will address weed identification, control options, and herbicide application techniques.
"Getting cattle bred during or after a drought can be difficult," he said. "One of our sessions will discuss getting cows bred during tough times. The focus will be on practical management options that ranchers can use during stressful times on the ranch."
Short course registration is $140 per person, and includes educational materials, a copy of the 600-page proceedings, trade show admittance, admission to the prime rib dinner, meals and daily refreshments.
Registration information and a tentative schedule will be mailed to previous participants in June.
Online registration and more information about the short course can be found at http:// beef.tamu.edu or by calling Cleere at 979-845-6931.
Nitrates in forages
As an update to last week's article on nitrate and prussic acid in sorghum type hay, I have received reports of these type of forages having been tested and have come back containing lethal amounts of nitrates.
If you are considering baling any type of forage sorghums, or grain sorghum or hay either before harvest or after, make sure that you have it tested to ensure it will not be lethal to cattle. Make sure you can use the hay before you spend the money to bale it.
Also, if you are purchasing hay harvested from this years crop, you may want to obtain a sample prior to purchase to ensure that it is safe for your livestock. Remember, there is no reliable method to determine nitrate accumulation besides laboratory testing.
For more info, call the Milam County Extension Office.