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AgriLife Extension offers grazing, animal management school beginning July 17 in Canadian

AgriLife Extension
By Kay Ledbetter

A 10-month Grass Grazing and Animal Management School coordinated by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Hemphill County will kick off July 17 in Canadian.

The school will meet from 1-5 p.m. each third Wednesday of the month through April in the Hemphill County Exhibition Center, 10965 Exhibition Center Lane, said Andy Holloway, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Hemphill County.

“This is the beginning of 40 hours of in-depth educational training for ranchers, landowners and any stakeholders interested in advancing the value of their agricultural endeavors,” Holloway said. “They will learn strategies, techniques and valuable time-tested practices to lower costs and inputs, improve profits and increase their level of stewardship over the land and livestock they own or manage.”

The cost is $400 per person. There are a maximum of 30 spots available on a first-come basis. AgriLife Extension’s Hemphill County office can accept credit and debit cards or a check. To register or request a registration form, contact Christa Perry at 806-323-9114 or

Holloway said he co-founded this program with Dr. Tim Steffens, AgriLife Extension range specialist and West Texas A&M University assistant professor in Canyon. To date, 81 participants have attended in the past three years in Hemphill County from 12 Texas counties and three states.

“Dr. Steffens will be our course instructor,” Holloway said. “He has been a rancher himself as well as a proven research range scientist who relates to producers extremely well.”

Topics will be:

– Economics of a grazing-based operation with an emphasis on cow-calf production.

– Basic understanding of ecological processes and how grazing affects the process.

– How plants react to defoliation; ramifications for the plant and its competitive ability with neighbors; and risks associated with drought.

– Animal nutrition and reproduction.

– Livestock interaction with the plants, such as distribution, selection of diet.

– Managed grazing to achieve desired economic, production and rangeland goals.

– Goal setting and monitoring to determine progress toward those goals.

– Infrastructure development and planning.

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