Livestock and wildlife producers, land managers and others interested in learning about managing and optimizing their grazing lands will have an opportunity in April and May. The Alamo Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will be holding three Grazing Texas workshops in Central Texas.

The Stockmanship Clinic will be held on April 29, 2010, at the Mansfield Rodeo Arena, 2886 Hwy. 16 North, in Bandera. Registration deadline is April 26th.

Dr. Ron Gill, professor and AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, a recognized authority on livestock handling, will speak on the basics of low-stress cattle handling and herd-handling, as well as conduct a cattle-handling demonstration. During lunch, participants will have an opportunity to browse the trade show and visit with vendors and local and federal agencies.

The Rangeland Stewardship Workshop in Medina County will focus on teaching attendees how to estimate forage production, determine acreage potential for grazing, setting proper stocking rates and learning valuable grazing management principles, and will be held on May 5, 2010, at Petty Ranch, 1200 State Hwy. 173 North, in Hondo. Registration deadline is April 30th.

The Grazing Land Stewardship Workshop in Bexar County will focus on cattle and wildlife grazing preferences, going native, and estimating forage production. The workshop will be held on May 25, 2010, at Bexar Bowling Alley and Social Hall, 15681 Bexar Bowling Road, in Marion. Registration deadline is May 20th.

Both the Rangeland and Grazing Land Stewardship workshops will feature classroom instruction in the morning followed by an afternoon session of hands-on forage production and management instruction in the field. Rangeland and Grazing Land Stewardship attendees will receive a copy of the handbook, “Managing My Piece of Texas,” a collaboration of grazing strategies by the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI), NRCS and Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

A $25 registration per person or $40 per couple is required prior to each event. All three events include lunch. Two general and one laws and regulations continuing education units (CEUs) will be awarded. To register or for information, contact the Alamo RC&D at (830) 249-6163 or by e-mail at alamorcd@gmail.com. Information is also on the Alamo RC&D Web site at http://www.alamorcd.org.

The workshops are also being sponsored by the Alamo, Bandera, Medina Valley Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs).