The CenTex Beef Cattle Symposium is an annual Multi-County educational program targeted at Central Texas beef producers that rotates each year to a site within one of the 10 host counties. The Beef and Forage Committees within these counties are dedicated to identifying issues and needs that will economically benefit cattle and forage production in Central Texas.

The 15th Annual CenTex Beef Cattle Symposium will be held on Friday, September 22, 2023 at Moreno Ranches, located at 948 FM 2307 in Riesel, Texas. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. The program starts at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. A variety of Ag Commercial Vendor booths will be set up for you to visit throughout the day. Door prizes will be drawn at the end of the day. For Pesticide Applicator License holders, 1 CEU hour (1-IPM) will be offered.

The morning program will begin with the History of Moreno Ranches by Ranch Owner, Kelvin Moreno. Since 1819, seven generations of the Moreno Family have been perfecting the art of raising genetically superior Brahman cattle. Currently, Moreno Ranches runs registered seedstock Brahman cattle and cow/calf operations in both Venus, Florida, and Riesel, Texas. The Morenos have focused the ranch on artificial insemination and embryo transfer research, while becoming a premier distributor of superior beef genetics to various businesses and private cattle ranches around the world. Presentations throughout the day will address the following topics:

  • Concentrated Beef Cattle Reproduction, Cary Crow, Business Acquisition Specialist, Trans Ova Genetics
  • Ranch Marketing Strategies, Catherine & Luke Neumayr, Marketing & Advertising, V8 Ranches
  • Nutritional Needs of Beef Cattle, Brayden Hawkins, Southern US Sales Manager, Ridley Block Operations
  • Veterinary Feed Directive & The Importance of Developing Relationship with Your Vet, Andrew Roemisch, DVM, Cottonwood Creek Veterinary Hospital
  • Structural Selection Considerations in American Influence Cattle, Joe Paschal, Beef Cattle Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
  • External Parasite Control in Beef Cattle, Sonja Swiger, Extension Entomologist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

The program will conclude with a panel discussion by five prominent leaders in the Brahman industry. Steamer Swaner, Joe Pascal, Kelvin Moreno, and Catherine and Luke Neumayr will discuss Then and Now, The Evolution of the Brahman Breed.

A registration fee of $25.00 is payable at the door. Registration includes breakfast, refreshments, and a steak lunch. You must contact your county extension office to RSVP no later than September 15th, 2023. This program is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Beef & Forage Committees in Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, Johnson, Limestone, McLennan, and Robertson counties. To RSVP, please call the McLennan County Office at (254) 757-5180.


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