The 25th Annual Dr. O.D. Butler Memorial Forage Field Day was held recently at Circle X Land & Cattle Company in Bryan, Texas.
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) had an educational exhibit at the event, along with others such as the Texas Forage and Grazingland Council, Grazingland Animal Nutrition Lab and the Texas Beef Council.
ï¿½The annual O.D. Butler forage field day gives NRCS the opportunity to provide significant information to landowners in regards to technical and financial assistance, management and operational techniques and to share how NRCS can help with improvement in these day-to-day operations,ï¿½ said Samantha Valdez, NRCS district conservationist in Franklin, Texas.
The field day kicked off with a bus tour of the ranchï¿½s purebred Brangus cattle operation, along with the commercial Tifton 85 sprig operation and sprigging machine. Attendees also toured the hay barns and learned about the advantages of storing or not storing hay. The tour stopped at the commodity barn where they learned about the ranchï¿½s custom mixing feeding program for the cattle operation.
Educational sessions also were held which included pasture and range insects, small sprayer calibration, weed product updates, feral hog management, control and agriculture transportation law and pesticide laws and regulations.
ï¿½The turnout was excellent. I think everyone enjoyed the programs, tour and educational seminars,ï¿½ said Steve Densmore, cattle manager for Circle X Land & Cattle Company. ï¿½Everybody should have left with a lot more knowledge than when they came.ï¿½
Samantha Valdez, NRCS district conservationist in Franklin, visits with Jim McCord of Bryan who is a director for the Brazos Area Hay Producers Association.
Michael Goudeau of Hungerford was the eventï¿½s keynote speaker. The Goudeau family operates a commercial hay operation and has been farming and ranching in Hungerford since the 1800s.
Upwards of 150 people attended the 25th Annual Dr. O.D. Butler Memorial Forage Field Day held at Circle X Land & Cattle Company in Bryan.