Annual Piney Woods Cow Congress set May 13 in Pollock
This year’s Piney Woods Cow Congress will feature management strategies for livestock producers to reduce losses from drought, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.
But the programming won't be just limited to loss reduction and economic-survival issues, said Cary Sims, AgriLife Extension agent in Angelina County. There will also be presentations on helping producers with everything from working cattle better to savvy marketing.
Set May 13 and held at the Jim Gordon Bell Ranch, north of Lufkin, the congress will offer three continuing education units for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator license holders. One unit will be in the general category, one in integrated pest management and one in laws and regulations. Attendees will also earn one beef quality assurance credit, Sims said.
Registration for the congress is $25 at the ranch the day of the conference and will include lunch, refreshments and educational materials.
Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. After an overview of the ranch, first up on the program will be a review of alternative summer forages presented by Lane Dunn, AgriLife Extension agent for Shelby County.
These forage alternatives are annuals suited for East Texas that are drought tolerant and can produce high yields," Dunn said. "Pearl millet, forage sorghums and a few forage legumes are possibilities for our area. Some of these are better suited for grazing while others are better for hay production."
The alternative forages presentation will be followed by a talk on grasshopper and armyworm control given by John Toner, AgriLife Extension Agent for Sabine County.
During a drought, infestations by these pests can take what little grass is left, Sims noted.
Chute-side manners will be next, and will cover ways to help livestock producers save money, time and work safely when doing vaccinations and other cattle-working chores. Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, will give the talk.
After lunch will be presentations of marketing cattle and predator control. Texas Animal Damage Control Service representatives will be on hand to talk about predator control.
The meeting will adjourn by about 2:30 p.m., Sims said.
To get to the Jim Gordon Bell Ranch, go 4.5 miles west of the intersection of State highways 69 and7 (located north of Lufkin) to Farm Road 1819. Turn right (north) and travel 1.7 miles, and look on the left for signage.
Farm Road 1819