Texas A&M University

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of DeWitt, Gonzales and Lavaca counties, and the Beef and Forage Committees of each of the three counties on Thursday will sponsor the annual Tri-County Beef Cattle Symposium. The event takes place at the Hallettsville Livestock Commission Co., 140 Auction Ring Road, just off Alternate U.S. Highway 90.

The Victoria Advocate reports discussions include "Beef Cattle Market Outlook and Economic Strategies for Rebuilding the Herd" by David Anderson, extension economist in livestock marketing; "Beef - Better and Different Times Ahead" by Joe Paschal, extension livestock specialist; "Forage Recovery and Pasture Restocking" by Mark McFarland, extension soil fertility specialist; and "Evaluating Replacement Options" by Paschal. Tommy Barton, Texas Animal Health Commission Region 7 director, will also give an update on the commission's Cattle Traceability Rule and tag distribution process.

Two and a half Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for private, commercial and non-commercial applicators license holders, while one and a half beef quality credits will also be available.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The program will be from 8:30 a.m. to about noon. The cost is $10 and light snacks will be provided throughout the morning.

No RSVP is necessary but, for more information, contact the DeWitt County Extension Office at 361-275-0816, Gonzales County Extension Office at 830-672-8531 or the Lavaca County Extension Office at 361-798-2221. People with disabilities who require auxiliary aid, service or accommodation to participate are also encouraged to call.