Annual cow-calf clinic ahead Jan. 6 in Milano

MILANO—Cattle raisers from six counties and beyond w ill converge on the Milano L ive stock E xcha nge Fr iday, Jan. 6.

Occasion is the annual Central Texas Cow- Calf Clinic, a first-weekend- of the-year tradition which annually draws a large crowd.

“ Those attending will learn about managing their operations during the drought and to make plans to make improvements for the future,” Milam County AgriLife extension agent Jon Gersbach said.

He said the Central Texas Cow Calf Clinic has become a staple activity for large-scale and small-scale producers alike.

“ This year’s clinic, with the challenges that we are facing during the drought, will be more important than ever,” Gersbach said.

Topics to be discussed will be discussion on pasture rebuilding and what to expect this spring, issues related to the irrigation of hay fields, rebuilding herds and stocking rate evaluation.

Clinic registration is $20 and will begin at 8 a.m. Jan. 6.

“Preregistration is not necessary,” Gersbach said. “Please register at the door.”

The program w ill begin at 9 a.m and lunch will be pro- vided.

This year’s program features educational topics important to the economics of livestock production.

Rebuilding the cow herd will be presented by Ron Gill, and Vanessa Corriher will discuss rebuilding pastures.

Evaluating stocking rates will be presented by Jason Cleere. Feasibilit y of ir r igating hay fields is also a topic.

Gersbach said two and a half continuing education unit (CEU) hours (2.5 general) will be given to individuals who have a Private Pesticide Applicators License.

Milano Livestock Exchange is located on US 79 in Milano.

For more information on the event, contact the extension office, 254-697-7045.

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