Josh Blanek

Texas AgriLife Extension Agent

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,have 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 Bosque, Hood, Johnson and Somervell counties will host the 12th Annual Central Texas Beef Cattle Clinic on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Meridian Livestock Commission Company in Meridian. The Livestock Commission is located at 9522 Highway 6 in Meridian. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., the meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s program will feature: Dr. Jason Johnson, extension economist in Stephenville, will give an update on the market and economic outlook for 2011; Dr. Pete Fincher, DVM, Texas Animal Health Commission, will provide an update on new trich regulations; and Dr. Jason Cleere, extension beef cattle specialist, will talk about minimum herd health, “Keeping it Simple and Effective.” The evening program will conclude with live cattle evaluation demonstrations, “Avoiding Discounts at the Sale Barn,” with Mike Domel, Ken Davis and Dr. Jason Cleere.

The meeting and supper will be provided free of charge and interested producers are asked to RSVP by Jan. 18 by calling the Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Bosque County at 254-435-2331, Hood County at 817-579-3280, Johnson County at 817-556-6370 or the Somervell County Extension Office at 254-897-2809.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodations in order to participate in extension-sponsored events are encouraged to contact their county extension office by Jan. 18 to determine how reasonable accommodations may be made.

Somervell County Texas Agrilife Extension Office

P.O. Box 895

1405 Texas Dr.

Glen Rose, TX 76043

Tel. 254/897-2809

Fax. 254/897-9323

Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.

The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating