The Annual CenTex Beef Symposium will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Jonesboro Community Center in Jonesboro, Texas.  

This is the fifth year for this event in our nine county area (Coryell, McLennan, Bell, Bosque, Falls, Limestone, Hamilton, Johnson and Hill). The CenTex Beef Symposium was requested by local cattlemen and will become a smaller and localized version of the Beef Cattle Short Course held at Texas A&M in College Station. Speakers will address the Central Texas cattle producers’ issues and concerns. A trade show will also be a part of the program.

This year’s program will include the following presentations: Feral Hog Control in Central Texas, by Dan Gaskins, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Assistant; Female Selection, Reproduction and AI, by Dr. L.R. Sprott, Texas A&M University Beef Cattle Specialist, Professor Emeritus; Cattle Economics, Markets and Futures, by Dr. David Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist – Livestock Marketing. Following lunch we will move to the Priest Ranch near Gatesville, Texas for an in field Weed Identification and Treatment presentation by Jack LeClair, Range & Pasture Specialist for DuPont. The day’s program will conclude with onsite presentation on Stock Pond Construction, Management and Water Quality by Steven Bardin a Fisheries Biologist for Texas Pro Lake Management.

One TDA CEU will be offered and and BQA Credit. Registration fee is $20 and RSVP is required for meal planning prior to Sept. 20. For more information or to register, contact the Johnson County Extension Office at 817-556-6370 or

Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, Texas Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating. Persons needing auxiliary service need to contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Johnson County Office at 817-556-6370 seven days prior to event.