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Multi-County Range and Wildlife Workshop to Focus on Drought Recovery
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012

BRADY – Strategies for drought recovery will be the theme for this year’s Texas AgriLife Extension Service Multi-County Range and Wildlife Workshop set for 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 3 on the Staten Creek Ranch, south of Brady on U.S. Highway 87. “Landowners in the northwest Hill Country area and Central Texas are faced with several issues following the historic drought of 2011,” said Vance Christie, AgriLife Extension agent in McCulloch County. “Recent rains and warm weather have many producers battling new weeds that are popping up in the landscape while they are in the midst of trying to decide how, when and even why they should restock their pastures. Some are also trying to determine what’s best when it comes to managing wildlife and brush to maximize their operations’ efficiency.”To help property owners find answers, six AgriLife Extension offices have teamed up to conduct the workshop that will feature AgriLife Extension specialists and industry leaders as speakers.The workshop is being conducted by the AgriLife Extension offices in McCulloch, Gillespie, Kimble, Llano, Mason and Menard counties.Workshop topics and speakers will include:– Broadleaf Weed Identification and Control, Brush Sculpting and Pasture Recovery for Wildlife and Livestock Production by Dr. Bob Lyons, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Uvalde.– Wildlife Nutritional Requirements and Supplementation Following Drought by Bobby Deeds, Cargill/Nutrena nutritionist, Goldthwaite.– Blending Livestock and Wildlife in Range Management Decisions by Dr. Rick Machen, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Uvalde.– Tax Implications for Landowners Following Liquidation and Restocking Decisions by Charles Anderson, chief tax appraiser for Menard County.Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one in integrated pest management and two general– will be available for pesticide license holders attending the workshop. Terry Davis,Staten Creek Ranch manager, will prepare lunch.Individual preregistration is $20 by March 30 and $40 thereafter.For more information, call Christie at 325-597-1295. To preregister, call an AgriLife Extension office in any of the participating counties.

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