Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Cow Country Congress

2008 Cow Country Congress
To Be Held in Walker County at Corlay
Farm & Cattle Co.
September 26th, 2008

Cow Country Congress is an annual multi-county event supported by the
Extension Beef & Forage Committees from Walker, Madison, Houston,
Trinity, Leon, Freestone and Anderson Counties. This educational
program rotates within the group of host counties each year. In
addition to the traditional seven county area, beef producers from
outside these counties are invited to attend this educational program.
Participants in attendance will have the opportunity to visit with a
variety of commercial exhibitors several times during the course of the
day between presentations, demonstrations, and tours of the host

The 2008 Cow Country Congress program will meet at the Corlay Farm
& Cattle Co. located outside Huntsville at Dodge, Texas. The program is
scheduled for Friday, September 26, 2008. Corlay Farm & Cattle Co. is a
multifaceted agricultural enterprise owned by Dr. Jody Crawford of
Huntsville, TX. Dr. Crawford’s farm has been known in Walker County
for extremely high quality hay production, and intensive beef herd
management characterized by progressive reproductive practices. Dr.
Crawford’s interest in wildlife management has developed into a
variety of wildlife related enterprises and projects which will be
viewed on the ranch during the program. Corlay Farm & Cattle Co. has
had an ongoing quail management and re-establishment program for many
years and is now diversifying into Whitetail deer operations. Topics
discussed at this Cow Country Congress will include native grass
pastures, forage legumes, fertilizer alternatives, chute-side management
practices, and artificial insemination and embryo transfer options for
smaller cattle operations. This event will showcase truly outstanding
facilities for working both cattle and Whitetail deer.

Program registration will begin at 8:30 AM. The program will
begin with introductions at 9:00 AM.
Individuals interested in attending the 2008 Cow Country Congress should
R.S.V.P. prior to September 22nd to the Walker
County Extension Office (936) 435-2426, or one of the
other participating County Extension Offices from any of the seven
sponsoring counties. A registration fee of $15.00
per person will provide each participant a Steak Lunch with ALL the
trimmings! In addition to the benefits of a catered lunch,
on-site commercial vendors, and touring the ranch
operation, each participant with a Texas Department of Agriculture-
Pesticide Applicators License will be eligible for 2 hours of
Continuing Education Credits for renewal of their license.
Additional participant credit of 3.5 hours will be given for Beef
Quality Assurance (BQA) recertification. Directions and a printable map
may be downloaded from the Walker County Texas AgriLife Extension
Service web page at http://walker-tx.tamu.edu.

Provisions from the American Disability Act will be considered
when planning educational programs and activities. Please notify the
County Extension Office if you plan on attending an Extension
Educational program and need specialized services. Notification of at
least two weeks in advance is needed, so that we may have ample time to
acquire resources needed to meet your needs. 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, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners
Courts of Texas Cooperating.

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service