Livestock Field Dog Day is October 21 in Hamilton

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Fall Livestock Guard Dog, LGD, Field Day will be held on October 21st in Hamitton.

Animal guard dog Queenie protects her charges at AgriLife Sonora Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Bill Costanza)

The LGD Field Day will be held at the Jason Harris Pavilion, 1007 Park Road. The program will start at 8 am and end around 4 pm. Morning snacks and lunch will be provided.

Pre-registration is required at the Hamilton County AgriLife Extension office at 254-386-3919.

Registration is $25 per person or $40 per couple by October 14th. After that date, the cost will be $30 and $50, respectively. October 20 is the last day of registration.

A tour of a local ranch and a group of producers will be two highlights of the event. LGD vendors and breeders will also be on site.

Prevention of predation

“The biggest loss in sheep and goat production is predation,” said Reid Redden, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension sheep and goat specialist and director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, San Angelo. “The problem is not going to go away, and in many areas it is increasing.”

Redden said the workshop will benefit all LGD owners, but especially those with little or no experience with dogs.

“This workshop is part of the center’s ongoing efforts to help producers adopt the age-old practice of keeping specially bred and trained dogs with livestock as predator deterrents,” said Bill Costanza, LGD AgriLife Research Specialist, San- Angela.

Field topics and speakers

Featured Speaker Topics for LGD Hunt Day:

  • LGD feed and feeding – Costanzo.
  • First Year Teaching Methods – Redden.
  • GPS Trackers – Thomas Remmert, co-founder of LoneStar Tracking, The Woodlands.
  • Texas Cattlemen’s Association Updates – Crystal Spenrath, association vice president, San Angelo.
  • Sheep and Goat Predator Management Board Information – Jackie Edwards, Sheep and Goat Predator Board Member, San Angelo.

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