Monday, September 8, 2008

Marketing Decision

Get the latest resources, tips and techniques for selling cattle at the Texas Agrilife Extension Services's first-ever Beef Cattle Marketing Seminar October 1, 2008 at the Buffalo Livestock Auction in Buffalo, Texas.
The classroom-style program will highlight cattle, calf and cull-cow marketing options available to local producers. Sale barn presentations will be given by Russ De Cordova of Buffalo Livestock Auction and he will also discuss all other market options for local producers. Dr. Jason Cleere with Texas Agrilife Extension will discuss the advanatges in marketing with a good vac program. The seminar will open with registration at 6:00p.m. In an effort to better prepare for this event participants are encouraged to preregister by contacting the Texas Agrilife Extension Service in Leon County at 903.536.2531 or at We will seek to provide reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities for this meeting. We request that you contact Texas Agrilife Extension three days before the event to advise us of the auxiliary aid or service that will be required. Extension programs serve 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

2008 Cow Country Congress

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 Leon County Extension Office (903) 536-2531, 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

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


All 4-H Members wishing to show swine projects at the Major Spring 2009 Shows in Texas need to order tags by contacting the Texas Agrilife Extension Service at 903.536.2531 by September 22, 2008. Each tag will cost $10.00 and the tags will not be ordered until payment is recieved.

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service

Hay Show

Hay Samples are being accepted for the 2008 Leon County Hay Show.
The Annual Leon County Hay Show will be held on Wednesday, October 22,
2008 at the Buffalo Civic Center. The deadline for submitting samples
is Friday, September 26, 2008. Samples should not be taken from the
outer 4 to 6 inches of round bales. Samples from square bales should
come out of the middle of the bale. Most producers place their samples
in feed sacks, we need about half a sack of hay. Write your name, and
type of grass sampled (Bahia, Coastal, Tifton, Jiggs, Ryegrass, etc).
There will be a charge of $5.00 for each sample submitted after the
first free sample. Normal cost of samples is $10, hay show participants
will be receiving a $5 discount on each sample submitted. Hay samples
and checks, made payable to Ag Fund can be left at: Texas Agrilife
Extension Service in Leon County, Davis Feed Centerville-Buffalo, Cattle
Country, Centerville Feed, M&M Farm Supply and A&A Feed.
The Leon County Beef and Forage Committee jointly with the
Freestone County Beef and Forage Committee and Texas Agrilife Extension
Service will host the Hay Show this year. The program will start with a
trade show and follow with a meal which will be at 6:00 pm. The guest
speaker for this year’s hay show will be Vanessa Corriaer the new
Forage Specialist with The Texas Agrilife Extension Service. If you
want to learn how to get the most out of your winter grass, save money
and increase profits, you should attend. We will be offering two
CEU’s toward recertification of private, non commercial and
commercial applicator licenses for attending the evening program.
Local sponsors are Normangee State Bank, Oakwood State Bank,
Wells Fargo Centerville, First National Bank Buffalo, Farmers State Bank
Jewett, and Citizens State Bank Buffalo- Centerville. The sponsors
listed above have been a part of the Leon County Hay Show for several
years. These sponsors pay for your meal and the plaques. During the
selection process a Best of Show and Reserve Best of Show will be
selected and they will be awarded the night of the Hay Show. All
persons interested in attending should Contact The Texas Agrilife
Extension Service in Leon County by Tuesday, October 20, 2008 at
903.536.2531 or by email at to reserve your dinner.

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service

Fair Time

Leon County 4-H will again participate in Youth Leadership Day on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS. The program will include a food drive competition between (4-H) participants. North Texas Food Bank will be on hand to accept donations. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place clubs from each 4-H organization.
The program will commence at 10:00 AM sharp, and will include a welcome from State Fair dignitaries and a film experience on the new Jumbotron scoreboard. This year's featured speaker will be Mr. Todd Staples, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. At the culmination of the program, Commissioner Staples will lead attendees to the Food & Fiber Building where each student can experience Texas Agriculture and pick up their goodie bag. Following this all 4-H ers will have time to enjoy a day at the fair. Sign Up Lists and Deposits are due to the Leon County, Texas Agrilife Extension Service no later than 5:00 PM, September 19, 2008 so contact your local 4-H Club manager asap in order to process T-Shirt orders.

Tommy Neyland, CEA-Ag
Texas Agrilife Extension Service