Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference Jan. 14 in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS - Coming out of the drought and returning to fundamentally sound production will be the focus of the Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference Jan. 14 in Wichita Falls. The event is a joint effort between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. This annual conference provides cow-calf producers the most up-to-date information on topics that influence cattle profits, said Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon.

The slogan of the annual conference is “Driving your operation to profits,” but Bevers said the last few drought-influenced years have made it pretty tough to generate any profit. However, many areas of northern Texas and southern Oklahoma have received enough moisture for ranchers to consider re-stocking and returning to normal production practices. “Returning to ‘normal’ production will require a new level of understanding and pencil pushing,” Bevers said. The conference, which alternates between Texas and Oklahoma each year, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MPEC Center, 1000 5th St. in Wichita Falls. Registration is $25 per person and includes educational materials, a copy of conference materials, a noon meal and refreshments. Additional information can be obtained at

Conference topics and speakers will include:

  • External Parasite Control for the Cow Herd – Dr. Justin Talley, Oklahoma State University associate professor and Extension livestock entomologist, Stillwater, Okla.
  • Merging Supplement Nutrition with Pasture Conditions for Optimal Performance, Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Amarillo.
  • Getting All You Can: What the 2014 Cattle Markets Hold, Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension livestock marketing specialist, College Station.
  • New Insurance Products for Cattlemen, Bevers.
  • Evaluating Replacement Female Alternatives for Your Herd, Jason Pace, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension economist.
  • Biosecurity: What Every Rancher Should Know and Do, Dr. Tom Hairgrove, AgriLife Extension program coordinator for livestock and food systems, College Station.

“Ranchers are ready to get back to being ranchers,” Bevers said. “They should start preparing their response to improving weather.”

Industry sponsors also will have their products on display during the event.

Producers are encouraged to preregister by contacting their local AgriLife Extension county agent, or Allison Ha at 940-552-9941, extension 225 or

Save the Date for Step Up & Scale Down

This is the time of year when everyone seems to be saying to themselves “as soon as I get through the holidays, I am going to start eating better and exercising.”  I encourage you to go ahead and commit to that New Year’s resolution of a healthy lifestyle, by contacting the Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Just after the New Year, we are launching our 2nd Annual Step Up & Scale Down, a 12-week weight management program to help Wise County residents in their efforts
            The series will kick off Tuesday, January 7 at the Decatur City Hall meeting room.  Classes will be held from noon to 1:00 pm for twelve consecutive Tuesdays.  “Step Up &Scale Down is a great program to do with a friend or family member.  It is always easier to reach your goals when you have additional support.
            The program will consist of weekly lessons to help participants move toward a healthier weight and will include a weekly weight check-in, weekly challenge to “stay the course,” Dinner Tonight! healthy recipes and tips, exercise resources, and a weight-loss planner.   JRob’s Sports and Fitness will be teaming up with us for the class series by offering workout tips and strategies for success.
            The Step Up & Scale Down program is based on the USDA 2010 Guidelines, which is intended to help Americans choose a healthful eating plan.  Step Up & Scale Down is a researched based program that has proven success in weight management and building healthy lifestyle habits.
            Cost for the 12-week program is $25 which includes all course materials.    Pre-registration is available until January 3 by contacting the Extension office at 940/627-3341 or  Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age or national origin.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Meeting Scheduled

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, December 12 at 6:00 pm at Catfish O'Harlies in Decatur and the meal is "dutch treat". 

Dan Childs with the Noble Foundation will be discussing: 
  • Opportunities in the Cow/Calf Sector;
  • Highest Prices in History; and
  • What Now?
Call the Extension office at 940/627-3341 for more information.