Dr. John Nielson-Gammon, state climatologist, will give producers an update on the current statewide drought and the outlook for the coming months, said Heath Lusty, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Lampasas County.

“Drought is the top issue facing ranchers throughout Texas, and it's important that we get the latest information with regards to management of cow herds and making long-range plans,” Lusty said.

Dr. Bill Thomspon, AgriLife Extension economist, will provide a beef cattle market update and discuss current economic trends throughout the industry.

Following a noon meal, Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, will give producers an overview of managing pastures during and after drought.

Dr. Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, will give a presentation on cull-cow management and body-score conditioning.


Participants with a Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license will receive two general and one integrated pest management continuing education units. Also, two Beef Quality Assurance credits will be given.

Cost is $20 and includes a noon barbecue meal. Registration in advance is required and can be done by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Lampasas County at 512-556-8271.

Sponsors include Brown Feed Store, Herrmann Feed, AgroTech, Tractor Supply Company and Lampasas County Farm Bureau. end_mark