Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service invited county and regional cattlemen to the 20th annual North Central Texas Cattlemen's Clinic taking place at 1 p.m. Thursday Nov. 7, at the Young County Arena in Graham. Drought, limited numbers of cattle, low volumes of livestock water, reduced forage with high or record cattle prices continues to be the picture of the current beef cattle industry. Cattlemen are a persistent and resilient lot. That is why this year's clinic has been titled "Beef - Better and Different Times Ahead." The 2013 summer had some bright spots, namely limited numbers of 100-degree days and very welcome but unexpected July rainfall. With many pastures de-stocked or grazing limited animal units, July rain made it possible for native pastures to make some needed recovery in the realm of grass growth and native seed production. Keeping the present cattle industry conditions in mind, the Extension Livestock and Crop Committee has chosen to address a set of topics that will look at the bright future of beef and also discuss short- and long-term issues facing producers. Cattlemen have drilled many water wells as a means to supplement livestock needs. This has often brought into question water quality, namely salinity levels for livestock and the sensitivity of fish, trees and forage. Water quality specialist Diane Boellstorff will be on hand to explain water parameters and potential solutions to high salt levels.


Doctors Ron Gill and Dan Hale deal with the future of the beef industry on a daily basis. They want to make producers aware of the new positive aspects of the industry which are coming to production and marketing of cattle. The day's agenda will also include economist Stan Bevers' outlook and market projections. A final topic will be weather and precipitation analysis from Silveus Insurance. The clinic will also provide producers with three hours of TDA continuing education credit and the opportunity to visit with agribusiness representative who are in business to provide tools and solutions for the livestock industry. The meeting will conclude with the traditional steak supper. There is a $10 registration fee for the clinic. This is a regional event sponsored by Texas A&M Texas Agrilife Extension Offices in Young, Jack, Palo Pinto, Stephens and Throckmorton counties. For more information, contact the Palo Pinto County Extension Office at 940-659-1228.