Special to the Reporter

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Somervell, Bosque, Hood and Johnson counties will host the 10th Annual Central Texas Regional Beef Cattle Clinic on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Johnson County Cattle Auction. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.

A meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Vanessa Corriher, Extension Agronomist, will speak on Managing for Maintenance of Improved Forages.

Dr. Steve Hammack, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist emeritus will give an update of the new Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements.

Extension Economist Dr. Jason Johnson will provide the always important Market Outlook. The program will conclude with a panel of auction owners and order buyers discussing how to avoid discounts at the sale barn.

There is no question that the beef cattle business has undergone some trying times the past few years. Significant change within the beef industry combined with increased production costs, drought, national and world economic woes and a softening cattle market has affected the entire beef production chain. It is now more important than ever to stay current and up to date on new technologies and practices.

The meeting and supper will be free of charge and interested producers are asked to RSVP by Jan. 19 by calling the Somervell County Extension Office at 254-897-2809 or your local Texas AgriLife Extension Service office.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation in order to participate in sponsored events are encouraged to contact the extension office by Jan. 19.