‘Coping with drought’ focus of update

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Management strategies during drought will be the focus of a Beef Cattle Update Meeting in Henrietta, Tuesday, Dec. 6.  The meeting will be at the Henrietta ISD Administration Building, 1801 E. Crafton St., from noon to 5 p.m.

Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension Economist, will give a market outlook and discuss the future of the cattle industry. Bryan Rupp, meteorologist, will talk about the long-term weather forecast and drought statistics.  Tony Dean, USDA-NRCS District Conservationist, will discuss pasture management strategies during drought and restocking.  Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, will once again be the featured speaker of the annual fall meeting.  His topics will include winter feed budgets and management strategies to stretch the budget. McCollum will go into fall and winter cow nutrition, feed availability forecast, determining the amount of hay needed and cost to carry a cow until April 1.

“Though the recent rainfall has been much appreciated, we are still not out of the woods yet.  Some are predicting that the current drought could last until next summer, though I hope they are wrong,” said Missy Hodgin, Texas AgriLife Extension Service county agriculture agent.  “All area producers are encouraged to attend to receive information which will help them make sound management decisions in their beef cattle operations.”

The cost of the program is $15 per person and will include a meal and all program materials.  RSVP to the extension office by Friday, Dec. 2 for meal purposes.  Meeting sponsors include Spray Green of North Texas.  Contact Hodgin at the extension office at (940) 538-5042 or 538-5052 with any questions about the program.

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