Wildlife management with special emphasis on feral hog control will be one of the featured topics at Ranch Management University Oct.10-14 at Texas A&M University in College Station.

“The ongoing drought is forcing a lot of feral hogs to travel to new areas on ranches throughout Texas,” said Dr. Jim Cathey, Texas AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist. “We will be discussing trapping methods, design, placement and other methods pertaining to the feral hog, along with other aspects of wildlife management on the ranch.”

The fall workshop, to be held at the G. Rollie White Visitor's Center, will include the following topics: soils and soil fertility, forage species selection, hay production, weed and brush management, winter pasture establishment and utilization.

Other topics include beef cattle breed selection, nutrient requirements and feeding strategies for livestock, grazing management strategies, a chute-side talk on live-animal handling and demonstrations of vaccinating, dehorning and castrating cattle. 

Cathey said there will be sessions on sheep and goat production and management, as well as a session for horse owners. Breakfast, lunch, supper and break refreshments are included in the registration cost, as is a resource CD containing more than 100 publications covering ranch resource management. A customized Ranch Management University ball cap is also provided.

Attendance is limited to 50 people and the slots are beginning to fill, Cathey said. Cost is $500. For additional information, registration and preregistration information, contact Cathey at 979-845- 7471 or jccathey@nature.tamu.edu. To register online and for additional information, go to https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and type in “ranch management” in the search window.

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