Pineywoods Cattle Congress scheduled May 17
Pineywoods Cattle Congress set for May 17 at Hemphill
Cattle and hay producers are invited to attend the Pineywoods Cattle Congress near Hemphill on May 17, for a variety of sessions covering the latest agricultural innovations and techniques of interest to anyone in the cow and hay business in this area.
We’ve all seen the plastic-wrapped round bales and wondered “Why?” Extension specialists, local producers and dealers will be discussing all aspects of haylage/baleage/silage (all terms for the same process), so that attendees get an understanding of the process, purpose, goals, and economics of this practice and whether or not it may fit their farm or ranch’s program.
Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Forage Specialist and Ryan Pay, a beef and forage producer in Sabine and San Augustine counties, with input from Andy Jarvis of Jarvis Equipment of Lufkin, will attempt to answer any questions we have involving haylage.
Dr. Ron Gill, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, will provide a demonstration involving techniques for Low Stress Cattle Handling, while Darren Rozzell, of Rozell Sprayer Manufacturing of Tyler, will explain and demonstrate the ins-and-outs of using GPS guided systems for spraying, fertilizing, seeding, etc. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson will also cover topics of interest regarding insect, weed and pest management in the Pineywoods.
Welden Elliott, our host for the Pineywoods Cattle Congress will discuss and demonstrate several programs, practices and tools used on the R&W Ranch, including his unique and innovative application of wood ash as a soil amendment, minimal stress calf tagging, banding and vaccinating methods, calf weaning and marketing program, and pasture and hay meadow management practices.
Various local tractor and equipment dealers will have equipment on display and will provide demonstrations in the afternoon, for those that are interested.
Individuals with Pesticide Applicator licenses will receive three CEUs (continuing education units) of credit by attending all sessions.
The Pineywoods Cattle Congress will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 8:00 am until 3:00 p.m. at Welden and Rita Elliott’s R&W Ranch, located at the dead end of Alfred Smith Drive, off of FM 1592, two miles northwest of Hemphill, in Sabine County, Texas.
Lunch (beef, of course) is sponsored by Ford Agri Services of Hemphill, dealers of Westway Feed Products and Livestock Nutrition Center feeds, and will be prepared and served by the Sabine County Area Go-Texan Committee, while coffee and donuts will be provided by Heritage Land Bank.
Attendees may register, until Monday, May 13, by mailing a check for $20 per attendee (payable to Pineywoods Cattle Congress) to Sabine County Ag Committee, P.O. Box 229, Hemphill, TX 75948, or dropping off payment at the Sabine County Tax Office. After May 13, attendees may pay $30 at the gate, the day of the event, but are asked to provide the courtesy of a call or text to Sabine County extension agent Ronald Barlow at 409-594-7400, to help us plan for the program and the lunch meal.
The Pineywoods Cattle Congress is a non-profit, non-political, educational event organized by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents representing Angelina, Nacogdoches, Panola, Sabine, San Augustine and Shelby Counties in cooperation with Texas A&M University System and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The goal of the extension agents is to plan and conduct an annual educational activity to enhance the knowledge and skills in the areas of beef and forage production for farmers and ranchers in the Pineywoods of Deep East Texas.