New landowners interested in learning to manage their ranch’s resources while protecting the environment can do so during the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.
The workshop is scheduled Oct. 28 through Nov. 1 at the TAMU Beef
Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway, said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife
Extension state forage specialist. “Applying fertilizer based on soil test recommendations and using
pesticides in accordance with the pesticide label are important parts of
protecting our environment and valuable water resources,” Redmon said.
“Ranchers are important stewards of our state’s valuable natural
resources, and we want to ensure new landowners get off to a good start.
We do this with the goal of optimizing economic return while at the
same time protecting the environment. This helps
with our additional goal of producing safe food products.”
Registration is $500 and attendance is limited to the first 50 people
who enroll. Slots will go fast, so he advised those interested to not
wait to get registered. To register online and for more information, go
http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter “ranch management” into the search window.
Redmon said the intensive five-day workshop is offered twice a year.
This fall session will cover the fundamentals of soils and soil
fertility, forage establishment, pasture management and livestock and
wildlife management. Grazing management, stocking rate
and body condition scoring will be highlighted, and horse and small
ruminant management presentations will be conducted.
Additionally, several wildlife management topics are on the program
for those interested in managing white-tailed deer, turkey, feral hogs
and farm ponds. Various forage species, including Bermuda grass and
other introduced forages, native forages, small
grains, annual ryegrass and clovers will be studied by workshop
Approximately one-half the workshop involves lectures and discussion,
Redmon said, with the remainder consisting of the field demonstrations. “Field demonstrations will include learning how to properly calibrate
a sprayer, assess body condition scores of cattle, obtain proper soil
and hay samples, and to assess the fish populations in ponds,” Redmon
said. There will also be a discussion regarding pond weeds and a demonstration on hog-trap design.
Time at the workshop will be allowed for interaction with Texas
A&M faculty with expertise and experience in all management facets
of the soil-plant-animal interface and wildlife management.
Meals and break refreshments are covered by the registration fee,
along with a resource CD containing more than 100 publications covering
ranch resource management.
For additional information, contact Redmon at 979-845-4826 or