The upcoming Pineywoods Cattle Congress, set May 9, will take a "two-pronged" approach, said Cary Sims, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for San Augustine County.

"In the morning, we'll deal with bull selection; in the afternoon, Bermuda grass establishment and management," said Sims, co-organizer of the multi-county event.

The morning session will be conducted by Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist. His talking points will include the criteria used in bull selection, with an explanation on how to use Estimated Progeny Differences (commonly known as EPDs), individual performance data, ultrasound data and other selection information.

"I will also discuss the importance of conducting breeding soundness exams," Banta said.

In the second morning presentation, Dr. James Weatherly with the Eastex Veterinary Clinic will give a demonstration on bull fertility testing.

The afternoon sessions will be conducted by Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist, and Daryl Evans with the Dow Chemical's AgriSciences division.

Evans will review the most current herbicide update laws and regulations. Redmon will discuss the latest advances in Bermuda grass varieties and their establishment. Tom Ross, local rancher, will give a demonstration of Bermuda grass sprigging.

The conference will be held at the Jack Nichols Ranch. From San Augustine, take State Highway 21 west about 5 miles and look for the signs on to the farm entrance near the intersection of CR 219 (also known as Nichols Farm Road.

Three continuing education units for holders of Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicators licenses will be offered: one in laws and regulations, one in integrated pest management and one in general.

Cost is $10 and includes a catered lunch. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the conference will adjourn by 3:30 p.m. RSVP is requested for an accurate lunch count, Sims said.

To RSVP , contact one of the following AgriLife Extension offices: Nacogdoches County, 936-560-7711; San Augustine County, 936-275-3644; Angelina County, 936-632-8239; Sabine County, 409-787-3752; Shelby County 936-598-7744; or Panola County, 903-693-0380.