Tuesday, April 26 is the date of the Annual Brown County Ag Day. This annual event targeting area ag producers is being conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. It will be held at the Brown County Fairgrounds located at 4206 Highway 377 South. The program will begin with an evening meal sponsored by Brown County Farm Bureau at 6 p.m.
Molly Baize, Estate Planning Specialist, with Texas Farm Bureau in Waco, will discuss beginning your farm or ranch estate planning.
Dr. Pete Fincher, Texas Animal Health Commission Veterinarian in Lampasas will discuss feral hog regulations and provide an update on Chronic Wasting Disease in white tail deer.
There will be a $10 registration fee payable at the door. Pre-registration is requested by April 22 to ensure proper meal planning. Contact the Brown County Extension Office at 325-646-0386 to pre-register.
ARE THERE FLY-RESISTANT CATTLE?
As temperatures rise across Texas, the number of flies buzzing around livestock has also increased. While each rancher has his/her own way to ward off the pesky pests, some experts recommend another method — culling fly-attracting cattle.
Dr. Doug Colwell, a parasitologist with agriculture and Agri-Food Canada reports in Beef Magazine that some cattle have a natural resistance to flies and some are more attractive to flies.
It is said that 80 percent of the flies are on only 20 percent of animals.
If you watch the cattle, those 20 percent of the cows are the ones every year with the most flies, and if you cull those cows, your fly problem should decrease This is not to say this is the only reason to cull a cow. A lot of other factors are involved, but it should at least be considered as part of the decision.
Ranchers who keep good records of cows and the number of flies around them may refer back to records for help when making the decision to cull or keep a cow.
This could make a difference. Since susceptibility to flies is heritable, her offspring will also be more susceptible to flies.
Multiple horn fly studies on cattle have been performed at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and they have found there are also differences in breed susceptibility to flies.
Chianina cattle are white with black skin. And if you compare the number of flies on Chianina to black cattle, the Chianina cattle, in general, have less flies. This group of scientists actually developed a small herd of fly-resistant cattle of many different breeds, including Angus, Hereford, Chianina and Charolais. So it can be done.
Cattle breeding focus on many different areas when deciding which cattle to breed in your herd, and fly resistance is not a major one. But with the decrease in chemicals effective against flies, looking at breeding cattle less susceptible to flies should be considered.
BROWNWOOD COMMUNITY GARDEN SPRING FUNDRAISER SET FOR APRIL 15
Please join us for Relaxing after Taxing from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 15 at the Garden, featuring a dinner of beef stew prepared by Steves’ Market and Deli, with beverages and homemade desserts.
Also featuring live music by Debra Mathis. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under.
Tickets are available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Steves’ Market and Deli, or by calling 325-641-9029. See you at the Garden!