AgriLife Extension to offer Grass Grazing and Animal Management School in Pampa

AgriLife Extension to offer Grass Grazing and Animal Management School in Pampa

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608[email protected]
Contact: Mike Jeffcoat, 806-669-8033[email protected]

PAMPA – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer an 11-month Grass Grazing and Animal Management School beginning Feb. 5 in Pampa.

Dr. Tim Steffens, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist, Canyon, will lead the grazing school. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter)

The school will meet from 1-5 p.m. the first Monday of the month through December in the Gray County Annex, 12125 E. Frederic Ave., said Mike Jeffcoat, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Gray County.

“We have producers who have an interest in the process of learning good grazing management with the changing environmental conditions we’re seeing now,” Jeffcoat said. “Dr. Tim Steffens, our AgriLife Extension range specialist in Canyon, has agreed to join us and work with them throughout the year to answer their questions.”

Registration is $350 per producer. The school is open to anyone from the surrounding counties as well, he said.

Those planning to attend can preregister by calling the AgriLife Extension office at 806-669-8033. Advance registration and payment should be sent by Jan. 19 to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Gray County, 12125 E. Frederic Ave., Pampa, Texas, 79065.

Topics will be:

– Economics of a grazing-based operation with an emphasis on cow-calf production.

– Basic understanding of ecological processes and the effects of grazing.

– How plants react to defoliation; ramifications for the plant and its competitive ability with neighbors; risks associated with drought.

– Animal nutrition and reproduction.

– Livestock interaction with the plants, e.g. distribution, selection of diet.

– Managed grazing to achieve desired economic, production and rangeland goals.

– Goal-setting and monitoring to determine progress toward those goals.

– Infrastructure development and planning.

The meetings will be sponsored by Capital Farm Credit.

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