To the Editor,

There is no question that the beef cattle business has undergone some trying times the past few years. Significant changes within the beef industry combined with increased production costs, drought, national and world economic woes have affected the entire beef production chain. It is now more important than ever to stay current and up to date on new technologies and practices.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Johnson, Bosque, Hood, and Somervell counties will host the 14th Annual Central Texas Beef Cattle Clinic on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at the Johnson County Cattle Auction located at 3119 North Main Street, Cleburne. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s program will feature: Dr. Jason Johnson, Extension Economist in Stephenville is set to give an update on the Cattle Inventory and Futures Outlook for 2013 followed by Cattle Market: As Good As We Think? Dr. Jason Cleere, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist and George Davis, Johnson County Cattle Auction will discuss Replacement Female Selection. Dr. Cleere will also be covering Heifer Development & Economics. Our program will wrap up with a presentation on Cattle Theft Prevention by Wayne Goodman, TSCRA Market Inspectors - Region 6, District 10

This educational program is offered to you free of charge due to generous sponsorships. Lone Star Ranch & Outdoors will serve as the Educations Sponsor for 2013. Meal sponsors currently include our friends at Texas Beef Council, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Interested producers are asked to RSVP by Jan. 15 by calling the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Johnson County at 817-556-6370, Bosque County at (254) 435-2331, Somervell at (254) 897-2809, and Hood at (817) 579-3280.

Zach Davis,

County Extension Agent – AG/NR

Johnson County