Ranch Management University
Are you a new rural landowner? Do you have limited experience in forage establishment, pasture management, and utilization? Are you interested in raising livestock? Are you interested in managing the wildlife on your property? Or, are you simply interested in becoming the best steward of your natural resources that you can be? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are a great candidate for Ranch Management University conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
The Ranch Management University is an intensive 4-day event that targets new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners and covers the fundamentals of soils and soil fertility, forage establishment, pasture management, and utilization by livestock. Basic livestock management practices such as castrating, vaccinating, and de-horning calves are demonstrated. Grazing management, stocking rate, and body condition scoring are also highlighted. Additionally, several wildlife management topics are covered for those interested in managing white-tailed deer, turkey, quail, feral hogs, and farm ponds.
Approximately one-half the workshop involves lectures and discussion, with the remainder consisting of the field demonstrations including soil sampling, hay sampling, calibrating sprayers, livestock handling, feral hog management, and pond management. Various forage species, including bermudagrass, small grains, annual ryegrass, and clovers are studied by workshop attendees.
Attendees also have time to interact with Texas A&M University faculty with expertise and experience in all management facets of the soil-plant-animal interface and wildlife management.
For more information see the Ranch Management University website.