Special to The Reporter

There is no question that the beef cattle business has undergone some trying times the past few years. Significant changes 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 Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Somervell, Bosque, Hood, and Johnson counties will host the 11th Annual Central Texas Beef Cattle Clinic on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Somervell County Expo Center in Glen Rose.  The Expo Center is located at the corner of Highway 67 and Bo Gibbs Blvd., next to the Best Western. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s program will feature Professor and Extension Program Leader for Veterinary Medicine Dr. Floron C. Faries, Jr., DVM.  Dr. Faries will speak on Cattle Vaccinations:  “Choosing the Right Vaccines at the Right Time”.  Dr. Jason Johnson, Extension Economist in Stephenville will give an update on the Market and Economic Outlook for 2010. Dr. Tom Craig, DVM and Professor at the TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine will provide information on Internal Parasite Control:  “Which Deworming Program fits my Operation”.

The meeting and supper will be provided free of charge and interested producers are asked to RSVP by Jan. 14 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 accommodations in order to participate in Extension sponsored events are encouraged to contact the Somervell County Extension Office by Jan. 12 to determine how reasonable accommodations may be made.