SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Texas Agrilife Extension office held their 2020 producer and land owner symposium in Eden. The meeting and presentations took place at the Roy Burnes Civic Center.
Scheduled topics included new regulations for antibiotic use in livestock, forage quality and testing, wildlife tax valuation and prescribed burns. Organizers say these topics are important for landowners and livestock producers to keep up to date on. Rules from the US FDA which began phasing in during 2017 are intended to ensure proper use of antibiotics and quality of livestock.
“Our first speaker is Dr. Christopher Womack,” said Ag Extension Agent Lisa Brown. “He’s a veterinarian in the San Angelo area. He was talking today about our new antibiotics rule that will come into effect, it was supposed to come into effect in 2020, looks like it’s going to be a little later. But basically, you’re going to need a vets care prescription for injectable antibiotics.”
Additionally, with wildfires being a major concern for the dry Concho Valley, controlled burns were also discussed. Though rules and permitting for burns vary county by county, they are recognized as useful. “Brush management and improved forage quality,” explained Heath Starns, a fire ecology researcher. “[We will also cover] a little bit of information about how to actually plan and execute a burn. Fire has been shown in research studies to be about the only way, the only brush management with positive return on investment, compared to chemical or mechanical treatment.”
Other topics included forage quality and testing, helping to ensure both buyers and sellers get fair pricing and quality feed hay. Rainfall insurance, and wildlife tax valuation were also covered; all important for landowners to understand.
“It’s important for landowners to come to these extension workshops,” Brown specified. “Not only are there continuing education units that you can pick up for those that are holding a private applicator license, but, it’s always good to know what’s coming down the pipeline so you can be aware before it gets here.”
For continuing education information, as well as additional land owner symposium sessions, visit the Texas Agrilife Extension website.
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