Ranch Management University - Are you a new rural landowner? Do you have limited experience in forage establishment, pasture management, and utilization? Are you interested in raising livestock? Are you interested in managing the wildlife on your property? Or, are you simply interested in becoming the best steward of your natural resources that you can be? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are a great candidate for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University. Go to http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu and type in the key words "ranch management" for additional information.
The initial conference “Protecting the Legacy of the Edwards Plateau” is scheduled for April 23-25, 2014 in Kerrville. The preliminary agenda for the first day includes discussions on recognition and management of encroaching plants, native tree health and care, water as wealth and managing competition between wild and domestic herbivores. A workshop entitled “Retaining your piece of Texas – Creating/Sustaining a Heritage” will address issues related to estate planning and elder law.
Day two of the conference provides unique ‘behind the scenes’ tours. Tour A – Natural Resource Stewardship - includes a visit to the historic Hillingdon Ranch in Kendall County and a pasture walk with Robin and Carroll Giles. Robin is the grandson of the ranch’s founder, Alfred Giles, and he and Carol have a contagious passion for stewardship and conservation that provides environmental benefits for all Texans. The ranch has been in the same family for over 125 years. An additional stop is planned to demonstrate the use of various types of equipment in brush management and how live oak wilt is combatted.
With Agritourism in mind, where better to go than Fredericksburg and Gillespie County? Tour B visits sustainable vineyards, orchards and gardens to get a glimpse of essential elements for stewardship success. Finally, Tour C will highlight wildlife management and the hunting industry in the Edwards Plateau with stops at landowners with reputation for being good stewards of their wildlife resources. “For as long as I can remember, the Edwards Plateau has attracted hunters from all over the state, nation, and world,” Redmon said.
Day two concludes with Texas Hill Country hospitality – good food, good music and the opportunity to sit and visit with conference presenters.
The morning of day three features insight on keeping a legacy alive by focusing fire – both how to protect yourself and your legacy from wildfire and how to use prescribed fire to reduce volatile fuel loads and improve habitat for both wildlife and livestock.