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Grazing and Land Stewardship Workshops Attracts More than 150 Attendees

Grazing and Land Stewardship Workshops Attracts More than 150 Attendees

Story by Bertha Venegas
 

The Alamo Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Texas Coalition Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service partnered to host three workshops in April and May. More than 150 livestock and wildlife producers, land managers and others learned about managing and optimizing their grazing lands.

The Stockmanship Clinic was held on April 29 in Bandera and featured recognized livestock handling expert, Dr. Ron Gill, who is also a professor and AgriLife Extension livestock specialist. Dr. Gill spoke on the basics of low-stress cattle handling and herd-handling, as well as conducted a cattle-handling demonstration so participants could see first-hand what he was talking about.

During lunch, participants were able to browse the trade show and visit with vendors and local and federal agencies regarding their products and services.

The Rangeland Stewardship Workshop was held in Hondo on May 5 and focused on teaching attendees how to estimate forage production, determine grazeable acres, determining brush scores, setting proper stocking rates, valuable grazing management principles, fencing and water developments.

The Grazing Land Stewardship Workshop in Marion on May 25 focused on what cattle and wildlife do not graze certain areas, determining brush scores, planting and managing native grasses, calculating water needs and estimating forage production.

The Rangeland and Grazing Land Stewardship workshops featured classroom instruction in the morning followed by an afternoon session of hands-on forage production and management instruction in the field. Rangeland and Grazing Land Stewardship attendees also received a copy of the handbook, �Managing My Piece of Texas,� which is collaboration by the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI), NRCS and Texas AgriLife Extension Service to help producers with ranch stewardship.

The workshops were also sponsored by the Alamo, Bandera, Medina Valley Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs).

Dr. Ron Gill demonstrates low-stress cattle handling and herd-handling techniques in Bandera.

Attendees at the Rangeland Stewardship Workshop in Hondo learn how to estimate forage production.

Dr. Ron Gill demonstrates low-stress cattle handling and herd-handling techniques in Bandera.

Attendees at the Rangeland Stewardship Workshop in Hondo learn how to estimate forage production.