Ranchers Gathering sets date

By Todd Vineyard | Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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Every year, I think what a year can do to a cattle producer.

Sometimes it’s good and sometimes bad. Your luck can be a flip of a coin.

Last year, we had some grass and calf prices were up. This year, there is no grass or hay and the cattle prices are down.

With that being said, we cannot dwell on the past and need to start managing for the future during this drought. Management this fall and winter will be crucial for us to get to the spring calf crop.

I am pleased to announce that Mike McCravey, Industry Relations Manager with Texas Beef Council, will give an update on the “Beef Checkoff” at the Ranchers Gathering. Also, Doug Hawkins, Beef Cattle Consultant and Nutritionist with Purina Mills, will discuss “Preparation for Fall Feeding and Mineral Supplementation.”

So mark your calendars for the 2018 Ranchers Gathering which is Aug. 2 at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Doors will open around 5:30 p.m. for everyone to visit booths at the trade show. The trade show will feature more than 20 agriculture related businesses offering the newest in technology for beef cattle producers. Dinner is set for 6 p.m. The $10 registration fee covers the meal and enters you for one of the many door prizes during the program.

This year’s event is being sponsored by the Wise County Extension Livestock and Forage Committee. The registration deadline is Monday. Register at the Wise County Extension office, 206 S. State Street. Make checks payable to the Extension Livestock Committee.

Todd Vineyard is a Wise County Extension agent.

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