Beef producers looking for management strategies that can benefit their ranching operations through the ongoing Texas drought should attend the upcoming Grazing Management and Stockmanship Clinic scheduled for September 15 in Athens at the Henderson County Regional Fairpark Complex.

“These are challenging times with the current drought. Now more than ever it is critical that ranchers have management practices in place that optimize their animals’ performance, while minimizing input costs,” said Ryan Walser, NRCS grazing lands specialist. “We’ve put together a cattle clinic that can help ranchers meet these challenges.  For a registration fee of only $10, ranchers will learn information and techniques that can help them become more profitable with their cow herd.”

Experts from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Grazing Land Conservation Initiative (GLCI), Texas AgriLife Extension and Texas Farm Bureau are scheduled speakers. Topics such as managing beef cattle nutrition through a drought, post-drought grazing management strategies, along with water rights legislation will be covered. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions during a panel discussion.

Acclaimed stockmanship and stewardship instructor, Ron Gill, Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s livestock specialist, will share with attendees behavioral principles of cattle, stockmanship skills and tips, and methods for reducing stress during cattle handling. Gill will be horseback while he demonstrates proper cattle handling methods. A chute-side demonstration also will be given.

The clinic starts with registration at 12:30 p.m. The registration fee of $10 includes a meal. The clinic should conclude at 6:30 p.m. with the meal. For more information or to register contact Matthew Machacek, NRCS-GLCI, at (903) 257-6633 or