Brand renewal deadline has passed as of Mar. 1

Ranchers will have until Wednesday, Feb. 29 to renew their registration, Milam Deputy County Clerk Jodi Morgan announced.

“On Thursday, March 1 all brands that have not been renewed will become ‘ open brands’ for the general public. Any brand that is not renewed becomes ‘ void’ on March 1 in accordance with the Agriculture Code,” Morgan said.

Contact the Milam County Clerk’s Office at 254- 697-7049 with any questions.

Rockdale FFA barbecue fund-raiser Sunday

Rockdale FFA will hold a barbecue dinner fund-raiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4 at the RISD Ag building located on Murray Street, according to advisor Amanda Grigsby.

Tickets are $8 each and the plates will include brisket, sausage, potato salad, beans and all the fixings. Plates are to go only. Tickets are available from any FFA member and will be on sale through Feb. 27.

Tickets are pre-sale only and will not be available at the door. For more information contact Grigsby or Art Free at 512-430- 6190.

4D barrel race Sunday

Rockdale Ag Boosters w ill sponsor a 4D open barrel race on Sunday, March 4 at the Rockdale Fair Park Arena.

Exhibitions are 12:30- 2: 45 p.m. and cost three for $12 or one for $5. Open starts at 3 p.m. and is $35 per entry.

Concession available, proceeds go to the Rockdale Ag Boosters.

For more info, contact Monica Garrison at 254-697-4392.

Rabies clinic March 17

Thorndale Middle School is sponsoring a rabies clinic from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Thorndale park pavilion, spokesperson Jana Richardson announced.

Dr. A rlon Graef, DVM and staff from Graef Veterinary Hospital of Taylor will be on hand to administer rabies shots for cats and dogs. The rabies shots are $5 and other shots are available. Please use a leash on dogs and a carrier for cats.

Local Angus breeder nationally recognized

44 Farms, of Cameron, has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association┬« for having seven registered Angus bulls included in the Association’s 2012 Pathfinder┬« Report.

Only 2,027 of the nearly 30,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year’s report, according to Bill Bowman, chief operating officer and director of performance programs of the Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.

The Pathfinder Program identifies superior Angus cows based upon recorded performance traits that are economically important to efficient beef production. Over 1.9 million eligible dams and more than 6.5 million weaning records were examined to determine Pathfinder status.

All registered Angus cows and sires meeting the strict Pathfinder standards are listed, along with their owners, in the annual Pathfinder Report.

Nature Festival photo entries due March 30

The El Camino Real Chapter of Master Naturalists is again sponsoring a nature photo contest. It will be held in conjunction with the third annual Milam County Nature Festival being held Saturday, April 14 at Rockdale’s Fair Park.

There will be three age divisions: 18 and older; 12 through 17 years; and under 12 years old. Participants again will have five categories in which to enter, including: people in nature; wildlife; landscape/scenery; plants; and funny nature photo. Entries will be judged prior to the festival and the deadline for entries is Friday, March 30.

All entries (space permitting) and winning photographs will be on display for public viewing at the nature festival site on April 14. The awards ceremony will be held at 2:15 p.m., after which entrants may pick up their photos.

Contest rules and guidelines, entry forms and information on how to submit photographs can be picked up at the AgriLife Extension Office in Cameron at the corner of 1st and Central, 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or obtained from the El Camino Real website at naturefest/photo-contest/.

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