Annual Heart of Texas Cow/Calf Clinic becomes more 'user-friendly'

For 28 years, Texas Cooperative Extension's annual Heart of Texas Cow/Calf Clinic has been a morning program. This year, to make it more "user-friendly," it will be in the evening, said Scott Anderson, Extension agent in Brown County.

"Most area ranchers now have regular jobs to tend to, and many couldn't make clinics in the past," Anderson said. "That's the reason for the change."

The clinic will begin at 5 p.m. May 3 with registration and a meal. It will take place at the Brown County Fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 377 South.

"This clinic is noted for providing a program that's practical for cattle raisers," Anderson said "And this year is no different. We've had some rain, but we still don't know what the hay crop will be. We're also seeing grain prices climb. These two factors alone can affect the cattle market, but so far that's not happened. Our aim is to provide the information our producers need to manage their cattle in these unusual economic times."

Topics and speakers include: "Vaccination for Central Texas Cows," Dr. Ron Gill, Extension livestock specialist at Stephenville; "Stocking Rates After a Rain," Dr. Allan McGinty, Extension range specialist at San Angelo, and "How Much Can You Pay for a Grass Lease?" and "Cattle Market Outlook," Bill Thompson, Extension economist at San Angelo.

The clinic is sponsored by the Extension offices in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties.

Individual registration is $5 by May 1 so an accurate meal count can be made.

For more information or to register, contact the Extension office in Brown County at 325-646-0386.

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