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Pineywoods Cattle Congress underway in Shelby County

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 11:36 AM CDT
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SHELBY COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Pineywoods Cattle Congress is taking place today in Shelby County.

Ag agencies from Angelina, Nacogdoches, Panola, Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby Counties formed the annual field day. Dozens were in attendance.

The topics include no-till drill establishment methods for pastures, value-added options for beef calves, external parasite control, and a pesticide update.

“We’re part of the food cycle for America, and to me, that’s important,” Tom Bellmyer said. “This is a training program to where we learn the proper ways to vaccinate our cattle, how to care of internal and exterior parasites, and some methods that we have for feeding our cattle. It’s just an exchange of ideas and information.”

Open to the public, this year’s conference took place at Red Gate Farm in Shelby County with Bellmyer hosting.

“I don’t attest to have all the answers, but I know the resources when I have a question, I can pick up the phone and call because you go to a meeting like this, and you meet people that have experienced what you’re experiencing and you can call and say how did you fix that,” Bellmyer said.

Several sessions were selected based on the recent weather patterns we’ve experienced.

Veterinarian Derek Grant spoke Friday about handling ectoparasitic parasites, those that live on or in the skin of cattle.

“And the disease transmissions that they have,” Grant said. “That’s my expert field. We’ll go into what we can do to manage those, especially with our weather conditions this spring. Summer is going to be tough, but there are multiple ways to manage these and make life easier for the cattle and be more livestock friendly. I would like for more kids and more young people to look into the world of agriculture. We have to feed the world.”

“Everybody in this industry is willing to share all the knowledge they have,” Bellmyer said. “There’s nothing hidden in this because we all want to be successful.”

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