The West Texas Range & Livestock Conference will be hosted at the GC Broughton Agriculture Complex, located at 2411 Echols Street, on Aug. 17. Registration will take place that morning from 7:30 until 8:15. The program will begin at 8:15 a.m. and run until 12:15 p.m.

“The West Texas Range and Livestock Conference gives area producers an educational opportunity to hear from specialist across the state,” Tommy Yeater, County Extension Agent, said.

During the conference, Dr. Robert Lyons, Professor and Extension Range Specialist, will be discussing general chemicals used to control brush in West Texas, choosing the right chemical, spray methods and procedures used to safely apply. The second session will also be presented by Dr. Lyons and cover picolinic acid chemistry training and label requirement applicators of Invora. The third session will welcome Dr. Jason Johnson, District Economist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to the presenters stage at 10:25, as he covers market updates for livestock. The fourth and final session will begin at 11:15 a.m. and be presented by Dr. Reid Redden, sheep/goat specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Dr. Redden will discuss new management strategies that can affect the general health of a commercial herd. 

“This years rainfall has been heaven sent and has increased grass production as well as brush encroachments.  Area producers are now faced with making new business decisions that we haven’t seen around here in many years,” Yeater said. “Area producers can expect to get current updates on livestock markets, brush management options, and information on sheep and goat production.”

Pre-registration is appreciated to help with the meal count, but not mandatory. Registration fees can be paid at the door or mailed to Howard County Extension Services, P.O. Box 790, Big Spring, Texas 79721. 

“ We don’t want anyone to miss this educational opportunity,” he said.

There will be of three CEU’S offered with this program for those needing continuing educational units for their pesticide license.

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