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Pineywoods Cattle Congress Looking at Clovers, Hog trapping, and More

April 19, 2017 - Cattleman from across the region will have a field day to look at boosting profitability on their livestock operations on Friday, April 28.  
Held at the Woods Ranch on Rifle Road in Pollok, Texas, the program is set to cover a variety of topics and provide 3 CEU’s to individuals with pesticide licenses.  

The first topic on the agenda is feral hog (or wild-pig) control. Topics were centered around the tried and true methods of pre-baiting and trapping will be discussed and demonstrated. Feral hogs are an annual, real threat to hay meadows, pastures, and crops.  

Dr. Aaron Sumrall, County Extension Agent from Newton County will be leading the discussion and will also demonstrate how to make and use snares for hog control.

Sprayer calibration is the next topic. Darren Rozell of Rozell Ag Sprayers will be talking about how to calibrate sprayers and will demonstrate global positioning satellite technology to ensure good coverage on pastures.

Next will be a discussion on the various flies and ticks that can affect livestock. From the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station at Overton, Dr. Jason Banta will be on hand to talk about these annual pests and some new developments that have been in the news regarding ticks.

Lastly, we will tour a demonstration site where the host, Harold Wood, planted four types of clover. We’ll look at the plots of Arrowleaf clover, Ball clover, Crimson clover, and White clover. Clovers can be used to build the soil and provide short term, excellent forage for cattle. Also from the Research Station in Overton, Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson will cover that material.   

Participants need to pre-register by calling the Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Angelina County at 936.634.6411 x 0 or Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Shelby County at 936-598-7744 by Wed, April 26 to get the early registration price of $20.  After that day (or at the gate) is $30.  

Registration for the field day starts at 8 am with the program starting at 8:30 am. Directions to get to the field day, take Rifle Road off Hwy 7 in Pollok south 0.9 miles and look for signs on the left. From Hwy 69 near the Pollok volunteer fire department, take Rifle Road north for 2.7 miles and look for signs on the right side of the road.

Participants need to bring their own lawn chair.  

For more information contact the Angelina Extension office at the number above or email jldunn@ag.tamu.edu