The new cattle traceability rule and a cattle market outlook will be the focus of the Fall Beef Cattle Update Meeting to be held in Henrietta on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The meeting will be held at the Holman Center beginning at 4 p.m.
Dr. Max Dow, with the Texas Animal Health Commission, will discuss a requirement for adult cattle in Texas to have an approved form of permanent identification in place at change of ownership that is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission. The amended rule permanently cancels the brucellosis test requirement for adult cattle at change of ownership, which was unofficially suspended in the summer of 2011. Although testing of adult cattle is no longer required with the rule change, all sexually intact cattle, parturient or post parturient, or 18 months of age and older changing ownership must still be officially identified with Commission approved permanent identification. Dr. Dow will discuss acceptable identification devices/methods, such USDA metal tags, brucellosis calfhood vaccination tags, US origin 840 series Radio Frequency Identification tags (RFID), and breed registration tattoos or firebrands.
Also on the agenda for the day will be a market outlook from Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension Economist. Stan will detail the cattle, corn and wheat markets, as well as give an overview of the total agricultural economy and how it ties into consumer attitudes and ideas. Mike McDonald, USDA-Farm Service Agency District Director, will give an Ag Policy update.
Another topic that is always on the minds of producers is updated regulations on pasture herbicides. Tony Dean, USDA-NRCS District Conservationist will discuss pasture herbicides and give an EQIP update.
The clinic will provide producers with two hours of TDA continuing education credits.
The cost of the program will be $15 per person and will include a meal and all program materials. RSVP to the extension office by Friday, Nov. 30 for meal purposes. Meeting sponsors include Ann and Wilson Scaling and Capital Farm Credit. Contact Missy at the extension office at 538.5042 or 538.5052 with any questions about the program.