Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, [email protected]
Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, [email protected]

COLLEGE STATION –The next Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University will be April 4-8, said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program leader, in College Station.

The Ranch Management University is a five-day event that targets new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners, Redmon said. It is held each spring and fall at the G. Rollie White Visitor’s Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

Registration is $500 and attendance is limited to 40 people, Redmon said. To register online and for more information, go to http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter “ranch management” into the search window.

The course is primarily taught by AgriLife Extension specialists at College Station. Speakers and their topics include:

– Dr. David Anderson, economist, Planning for Profit and Marketing Livestock: Cow-calf? Stockers? Or Own Them to the Feedlot?

– Dr. Jake Mowrer, state soil fertility specialist, Basic Soils, Soil Fertility and Soil Sampling in the Field.

– Matt Brown, program specialist, What Is a Watershed?

– Redmon, Forage Establishment, Weed and Brush Management, Forage Legumes in the Pasture, Hay Production, Hay Sampling and Sprayer Calibration, and Use of Prescribed Fire and the Prescribed Burn Associations.

– Dr. Dennis Sigler, horse specialist, Horse Production 101.

– Dr. Jason Cleere, beef cattle specialist, Genetic Strategies for Profitable Beef Production, Nutrient Requirements and Supplementation of Beef Cattle, Body Condition Scores in Beef Cattle, Non-traditional Production Strategies and an animal handling demonstration at the Texas A&M University Beef Center.

– Dr. Rick Machen, livestock specialist from Uvalde, Small Ruminants – What Are They and Where Do They Fit?

– Jason Hohlt, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service range specialist, NRCS Financial Assistance Programs.

– Dr. Jim Cathey, wildlife specialist, Using Wildlife as Agriculture for Property Tax Purposes, Rio Grande Turkey Management, Northern Bobwhite Issues and Management, and White-Tailed Deer Management.

– Peter Wood, fisheries program specialist, Farm Pond Management and lead a farm pond visit.

– Mark Tyson, associate, Feral Hog Issues and a hog trap demonstration.

Meals and break refreshments are covered by the registration fee, along with customized flash drives containing more than 100 publications covering ranch resource management.

For additional information, contact Redmon at 979-845-4826 or [email protected] .