Walking into a Lion’s Den New Technology Offered at Ag Workshop.
Walking into a Lionï¿½s Den: New Technology Offered at Ag Workshop
Story by Jaime Tankersley
Over 170 producers, residents and those eager to learn about agriculture gathered at the Llano County Community Center for the 33rd Annual Llano County Beef and Range Field Day. The June workshop had a lot to offer attendees with topics ranging from grazing management, Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs and a newly unveiled insecticide application process from South Africa.
Eugene Jordan with VetCap Treatment Systems, based out of South Africa, seemed to be the talk of the workshop with a new insecticide application process. For most, when thinking about a paintball gun, working livestock does not cross the mind.
The process eliminates having to hire extra labor to gather livestock, or even having to pen them to do any form of external parasite treatment. The application process consists of a soft capsule filled with a high concentration of insecticide that is ï¿½shotï¿½ at cattle with a paintball gun. Upon watching a live demonstration on stocker calves, once the paintball made contact, the calves merely lifted their heads and walked away. Overall the entire process seemed painless and stress free for both applicator and livestock.
This new technique was invented/developed by a lion breeder in South Africa. They needed a way to treat external parasites on lions held in captivity. The product should be available in the United States by the end of 2011. Prices for the gun will range from $40.00-$100.00. For more information about the products and services available through VetCap Treatment Systems visit them on the web at www.vetcap.com.
The day was wrapped up with a presentation covering insecticide label rules and regulations and landowner ethics and right. With all the information covered at the field day, participants were eligible for five continuing education credits through AgriLife Extension.
The day long workshop was sponsored by the Hill Country Livestock Raisers Association, Arrowhead Bank, Llano National Bank and 1st State Bank of Central Texas. Host for the workshop included AgriLife Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Llano County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).
For more information about next yearï¿½s field day, contact the Llano County SWCD located at 1447 E. State Highway 71, Llano, Texas or call them at 325-247-5154.
New insecticide application technology for livestock was demonstrated during the 33rd Annual Llano Beef and Range Field Day. VetCap, a company based out of South Africa, is hoping that these products will be available on the U.S. market by 2011.
Dr. Bob Lyons, Texas AgriLife Extension Range Specialist, was part of the educational seminar during the Llano County Beef and Range Field Day. He discussed estimating grazeable acreage for grass management.
In its 33rd year, the Llano Beef and Range Field Day was attended by over 170 local producers, residents and those interested in learning about industry improvements.