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Jackson County beef cattle trade day is Saturday

By ALLISON MILES
Feb. 7, 2012 at midnight
Updated Feb. 6, 2012 at 8:07 p.m.


IF YOU GO

WHAT: Beef cattle trade dayWHERE: Brackenridge Recreation Complex, 284 Brackenridge Parkway, EdnaWHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. SaturdayCOST: Free admission, but $10 for CEU training

The Crossroads cattle industry might still feel the pinch of a parched 2011, but an upcoming event aims to prepare producers for the year ahead.

The Jackson County Cattle Raisers Association and the Jackson County AgriLife Beef Cattle Committee will be host to a beef cattle trade day Saturday at Edna's Brackenridge Recreation Complex.

Now in its second year, the event is a chance to aid producers facing the drought and working to recover from it, said Lynn Utz , one of the organizers.

"A lot of people are just trying to restock and rebuild what they have, as far as grass and everything," he said. "That's mainly what this is for. Information on how to bounce back if it does rain like we hope it will."

The weekend show includes presentations on a variety of topics, ranging from feral hog control to brush and rangeland drought management, to restocking guidelines and more. Vendor booths, pesticide CEU training opportunities and a Baker Hughes recruitment station also join the mix, Utz said.

Although a bull and heifer sale was originally planned for the event, dry conditions meant it wasn't possible.

"We're hoping we can get that in next year," he said. "This time, it just didn't work out."

The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a free taquito breakfast and other concession options throughout the day. Admission is free, but the state charges $10 for the CEU training.

For more information, contact Utz at 361-782-3403 or Jackson County Extension Agent Mike Hiller at 361-782-3312.

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