Dual agency rangeland conference, May 12

TX A&M AgriLife Research & US Forest Service offer conference

Cedar trees are put through a grinder prior to being used as a roughage in livestock feed. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Dr. Travis Whitney)

KERRVILLE, Texas — We are excited to offer you the opportunity to attend a TX A&M AgriLife Research and US Forest Service Conference (May 12; YO Conference Center, Kerrville). An excellent group of speakers is lined up to help you think “outside the box.” Speakers will share their expertise and personal experiences and discuss overlooked opportunities, which can significantly enhance your bottom line, while at the same time, enhance Texas rangelands.

Did you know that there is only 1 feed ingredient in existence (after approved by FDA), which: (1) requires no inputs (cultivation, seed, fertilizer, water, pesticides, or herbicides) by man to grow; (2) can grow 365 days a year; (3) is not subject to seasonal price fluctuation; (4) when harvested, can synergistically enhance natural resources and increase surface water, forage production, and land value; and (5) can reduce wildfires and allergens? You’ll hear about this ingredient during the conference.

We are confident that the day will be well worth your time and hope that you can join us for education and fellowship. A great lunch buffet is included and during the lunch hour, you’ll get to hear from our very own, TX Agriculture Commissioner, Mr. Sid Miller.

Must register by May 5 ($15/person; checks only) to ensure you get a seat! For more information and to register:

3 CEU’s offered for Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Email with questions ( or call 325-653-4576 ext. 245

See you in Kerrville!

TX A&M AgriLife Research and US Forest Service Conference: Strategic Supplementation Strategies to Enhance Texas Rangelands and Reduce Livestock Production Costs

Morning Session: Moderator: Mr. Roy Walston (County Extension Agent, Kerr Co., Kerrville, TX)

8:30–9:20 Check in, social and coffee
9:20–9:30 Introductions and overview. Mr. Roy Walston
9:30−10:00 Getting the most from your ranch resources. Dr. John Walker (Resident Director, Professor; TX A&M AgriLife Research Center, San Angelo)
10:00−10:30 Underutilized feed resources. Dr. Travis Whitney (Assoc. Professor, Livestock Nutritionist, TX A&M AgriLife Research, San Angelo)
10:30−11:00 Opportunities to use ground juniper in livestock and deer supplements. Ms. Jessica Glasscock (Ph.D. student; TX A&M AgriLife Research, TX A&M Kingsville)
11:00–11:15 Break
11:15−12:00 US Forest Service and TX A&M AgriLife Research update: Economic feasibility of using ground juniper in livestock diets. Dr. Travis Whitney
12:00−1:00 Lunch: Buffet served at the YO Conference Center
12:30: Keynote speaker: Mr. Sid Miller (TX Agriculture Commissioner)

Afternoon Session: Moderator: Mr. Roy Walston

1:00−1:30 Real-world experience: using ground aspen wood in cattle feedlot diets. Mr. Kirk Mautz (Owner/Manager, Mautz Feedyards, Olathe, CO)
1:30−2:00 Cowboy nutrition and immunology. Dr. William Edmiston (DVM, Eldorado)
2:00−2:30 Economic supplementation programs for range beef cattle. Dr. Eric Bailey (Assistant Professor, Beef Cattle Nutritionist, West Texas A&M Univ., Canyon)
2:30−2:45 Break
2:45−3:15 Putting it all together: Economic scenarios, opportunities, and roadblocks. Mr. Bill Thompson (Assist. Professor/Extension Economist, TX A&M AgriLife, San Angelo)
3:15−3:45 Roundtable discussion with speakers
5:30−7:30 Dinner/Social (Dutch Treat): TBA

—Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

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