Wildlife management with special emphasis on feral hog control will be one of the featured topics at Ranch Management University, Oct.10-14 at Texas A&M University’s G. Rollie White Visitor's Center in College Station.

“The ongoing drought is forcing a lot of feral hogs to travel to new areas on ranches throughout Texas,” says Jim Cathey, Texas AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist. “We will be discussing trapping methods, design, placement and other methods pertaining to the feral hog along with other aspects of wildlife management on the ranch.”

Other scheduled topics include: soils and soil fertility, forage species selection, hay production, weed and brush management, winter pasture establishment and utilization, beef cattle nutrient requirements and feeding and grazing management strategies. There also will be a chute-side talk on live-animal handling and demonstrations of vaccinating, dehorning and castrating cattle.

Sheep and goat production and management sessions, as well as a session for horse owners, will also be presented. Refreshments are included in the registration cost, as is a resource CD containing more than 100 publications covering ranch resource management. Attendance is limited to 50 people. The cost is $500.

For registration information, contact Cathey at 979-845-7471 or jccathey@nature.tamu.edu. To register online and for additional information, go to https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and type in “ranch management” in the search window.

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