Annual South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic set for Washington County Fairgrounds

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The 48th Annual South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic and Trade Show will take place Friday, Oct. 25, at the Washington County Fairgrounds Sales Facility in Brenham.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the program getting underway at 8 a.m. A registration fee of $20 per person will provide admission to the clinic, an opportunity to visit with tradeshow vendors, refreshments, a catered barbecue lunch, the afternoon social, and the grand door prize heifer at the conclusion of the day.

A list of program topics and speakers have been prepared based on the recommendations of Beef and Forage Committee members from Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Fayette, Grimes, Harris, Lee, Waller, and Washington counties. The 2019 clinic will focus on emerging issues for cattle producers ranging from landowner liability and changes in animal identification requirements to heifer development and grazing management. The day is full of presentations, live cattle demonstrations, and includes a number of contests for participants to test their knowledge and skills with awards sponsored by Capital Farm Credit. Throughout the day there will be time to visit with tradeshow vendors, view cattle in the contests, and network with producers, speakers, and others.

For the second year, the South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic Planning Committee is offering a Youth Track. The new adventure will be a learning opportunity for senior age 4-H and FFA members who have an interest in animal science with a focus on beef cattle production. Topics for the youth track will include hands-on activities focusing on anatomy and physiology, meats, beef cattle reproduction, path to the plate, and a grilling 101 workshop. Registration is limited to the first 100 students and is open to youths in the multi-county area.

For the sixth year in a row, the Washington County Beef and Forage Committee has partnered with Texas Farm Credit has purchased a commercial heifer at the Washington County Fair and will draw for her as the grand door prize at the end of the day. Participants must be registered for the entire day and must be present to win.

The tradeshow at the Cow-Calf Clinic continues to grow and this year will feature representatives from the cattle and ranching industry. After the meeting is adjourned, tradeshow vendors, participants, and speakers are invited to stick around for the social hour sponsored by Mike Hopkins Distributing and enjoy some beer-battered-beef-tips.

New for 2019, the South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic Planning Committee will be selling drawing tickets for five prizes to support the scholarship and youth program. The prizes will include #1) pen of five heifers, #2) pen of five heifers, #3) a side of beef, #4) a side of beef, #5) one ton of cattle feed. Tickets are $100 each and are on sale beginning through Oct. 25. The drawing will be held live during the social following the Cow-Calf Clinic.

Cow-Calf Clinic participants who hold a private, commercial, or non-commercial pesticide applicators license will receive two hours of continuing education units, one laws and regulations and one general category. For more information, contact the Washington County Office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 979-277-6212.

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