The Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s Big Country Beef Conference is set for 8 a.m. Aug. 25 at the Taylor County Expo Center grounds in Abilene.

The biennial conference starts with registration in the Display Building next to the AgriLife Extension offices.

“This year’s event will cover everything from the current status of the beef industry and 2012 Farm Bill to maintaining herd performance with limited forage resources,” said Robert Pritz, AgriLife Extension agent in Taylor County.

Pritz said the conference, which typically draws speakers and participants from across Texas, is the largest and most comprehensive educational beef program in the Abilene area.

The conference’s four sessions will include:

  • Session 1: Beef Industry Outlook, Larry Pratt, Texas Farm Bureau state director and

Texas Beef Council director; 2012 Farm Bill outlook, Dr. Joe Outlaw, AgriLife Extension economist and co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center; and Current Cattle Market Trends, Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension economist.

  • Session 2: Oil and Gas Leasing and Emerging Water Issues, Judon Fambrough, attorney with the Texas Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University specializing in oil and gas, wind power, hunting leases and landowner liability; Long- and Short-Term Weather Forecast, Steve Lyons, National Weather Service meteorologist in charge at San Angelo.
  • Session 3: Herd Health Management, Dr. Travis Arledge, D.V.M., Pioneer Vet Clinic, Winters; and Maintaining Herd Performance on Limited Forage, Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist at Amarillo.
  • Session 4: Brush Control Options, Dr. Charles Hart, AgriLife Extension range specialist at Stephenville; and Pasture Management and Planning for Recovery, a distance education address by Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist at College Station.

Individual pre-registration is $10 by Aug. 19 and $20 thereafter. The fee includes the entire program and noon meal.

To pre-register and for more information, call the AgriLife Extension office in Taylor County at 325-672-6048.