Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

May 27, 2013

Outdoor Stockmanship Clinic Wednesday in Graford

Mineral Wells Index

— GRAFORD – Three entities are teaming up to present a free outdoor stockmanship clinic in Graford, Wednesday, focusing on increasing ranch profitability through reduced stress and improved cattle performance.

The workshop takes place at the Wagley Ranch, about 7 miles east of Graford, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Cattle production is a “for-profit” business with increased economic benefits handling cattle properly. The half-day program will be devoted to effective stockmanship techniques to increase profitability and make livestock handling easier.

Wednesday’s program features Texas AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist Dr. Ron Gill, who will address basic principles of livestock behavior and how to use the animals’ instincts to accomplish management goals.

Gill has been teaching stockmanship across the nation for the last six years. His interest in teaching these valuable tools has intensified over the years after seeing the performance and economic benefit from managing livestock behavior.

Dr. Glen Rogers, veterinarian and local cattleman, will share his experiences how low-stress handling techniques and rotational-grazing systems benefit animal health on his heifer operation.

The Wagley Ranch is located 7 miles east of Graford on State Highway 254. The ranch entrance is on the south side of the road, look for the “Cattle Clinic” sign. Travel down the ranch road 1.5 miles to the cattle pens, where clinic will be held.

The Cross Timbers Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and Texas AgriLife Extension are hosting the clinic.

For more information contact your local NRCS office or Kevin Derzapf at (940) 668-7794, ext. 102 or kevin.derzapf@tx.usda.gov.

Directions from U.S. Highway 281:

• Turn west onto SH 254, at Peadenville blinking light.

• Travel 3.6 miles.

• Arrive at Wagley Ranch on the left, or south, side of SH 254.

• If you reach FM-52, you’ve gone too far.

• Pens are located 1.5 miles from the highway.

Directions from Graford and SH 337:

• Travel 7 miles east on SH 254, also named E. Lee Avenue in Graford.

• Arrive at Wagley Ranch on the right, or south, side of SH 254. This is before the road heads downhill.

• If you reach Turkey Creek Road, you’ve gone too far.

• Pens are located 1.5 miles from the highway.