Texas A&M University wrapped up the largest beef cattle educational event in the country last week—this year with attendees participating completely online.
Faculty from Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management presented at the three-day online event on August 3-5.
While this was the first year that the event has ever been held online, Robert Lyons, Ph.D. professor in Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management and Extension Range Specialist, said organizers did all they could to ensure that participants received a great experience.
Lyons said the transition to the online format was smooth, considering how many have had to adapt already.
“The technical components of the event were well-planned and managed,” Lyons said. “We had all done distance presentations previously, especially since COVID-19.”
Emerging technology and brush control techniques
Lyons presented on Tuesday, August 4 in the session, Range Management II: Emerging Precision Management Tools on GPS tools for cattle, along with Jay Angerer, Ph.D. an associate professor, located at the Blackland Research and Extension Center in Temple, Texas. Angerer presented on ranch mapping and drought tools, in an earlier session.
Also presenting from Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management were Extension Specialists Barron Rector, Ph.D., Megan Clayton, Ph.D., and James Jackson, along with Charles Hart, Ph.D. Hart sits on the External Advisory Board for the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management and is currently employed as a range and pasture development specialist with Corteva Agriscience. Hart spent the first 17 years of his career as an Extension Range Specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension.
During their presentations, representatives from Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management provided participants with tips on identifying toxic plants, using drones to manage ranches, and techniques for controlling and managing specific brush species. Continuing Education Credits were offered during the faculty’s Brush Busters Demonstration, which took place on Wednesday, Aug 6 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
“I hope participants walked away with an understanding of precision management tools that are already available for range management, and those coming in the near future,” Lyons said.
Lyons said he hoped that those who attended Brush Busters walked away more confident in their ability to properly target and manage specific brush species.