2021 School for Successful Ranching®

All sessions will be at the Fort Worth Convention Center

2021 School for Successful Ranching®

Friday, July 23
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.BallroomTexas Beef Checkoff Update
Through marketing, advertising, research and education, the Beef Checkoff drives the demand for beef domestically and internationally to millions of consumers each year.
Dr. Molly McAdams, Jason Bagley and Victoria Heller, Texas Beef Council
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Room 202Securing Your Farm or Facility
Farm security is a serious concern because the livestock and meat industries are aggressively targeted by extreme animal rights groups. Securing your farm does not mean you have anything to hide — it means you want to protect the safety of your animals and any people who enter your property, as well as your business reputation and your livelihood. In this presentation, you will learn about the individuals and organizations behind the animal rights movement, as well as their strategies and tactics to push farmers and ranchers out of business and remove meat, dairy and eggs from consumers’ diets. You’ll also learn about what you can do to protect against the activists’ tactics. The presenter will share farm and plant security, red flags to watch out for when hiring, how to handle visitor requests, how to prepare for mass protests and more. Finally, the audience will learn how to be proactive in this area and where to go for more resources. The presenter will give specific, real-life examples to help the audience become prepared to secure their facility and handle any threats that might arise in the future.
Kay Johnson Smith, Animal Agriculture Alliance
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Room 201Easier Than You Think: Mesquite Control Options for the Future
The technologies of satellite imagery and data analytics have been around a while, but only recently has agriculture had an easy way to use them in concert. The revolution started with precision agriculture in row crops. Now these digital technologies are coupled with advanced herbicide solutions to help better plan mesquite control, time an aerial application, get the landscape you want and earn a consistently high return on your investment, all within a turn-key system. Limited to mesquite now, the technology soon will be available for other brush species and other uses.
Benny Martinez, Corteva Agriscience
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Room 203Understanding USDA/Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Requirements to Sell Beef Products in Commerce
USDA/FSIS will address common misunderstandings about USDA inspection by covering the basics of USDA inspection, how to locate a federal establishment, starting a new federal establishment, inspection of live animals in pens and humane handling, and inspection of carcasses/parts during slaughter. FSIS will also cover antibiotic residue testing at slaughter, criteria for exemptions from inspection, and common labeling statements such as: breed claims, grassfed, no antibiotics, etc. Bring your questions and suggestions direct to the FSIS Administrator.
Paul Kiecker and Robert Bane, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Room 204The Industry Driven Initiative for Animal Disease Traceability
This session will cover the unique opportunity that producers have to create an animal disease traceability program that works for all sectors of the industry. Callahan Grund will share current obstacles to building the program, technology used by producers and the organization, and the proactive approach needed to protect our industry from a significant disease event.
Callahan Grund, U.S. Cattle Trace
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Room 201Taking Part in the Feeder Calf Revolution
During this session, the presenter will discuss the revolution transforming the way we market feeder cattle where genetic merit is included in the pricing equation for commercial cattle. Attendees will learn why this revolution is important for individual producers and the industry, and how commercial producers can position their operations to take advantage of these changes.
Troy Marshall, American Angus Association
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Room 203Securing the Beef Supply: Protecting Your Herd Against a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD)
If foot and mouth disease (FMD) is found in United States livestock, regulatory officials will limit the movement of animals and animal products to try to control the spread of this very contagious animal disease. The Secure Beef Supply Plan for Continuity of Business provides opportunities to voluntarily prepare before an outbreak. This will better position beef premises with cattle that have no evidence of infection to limit exposure of their animals through enhanced biosecurity, move animals to processing or other premises under a movement permit issued by regulatory officials, and maintain business continuity for the beef industry, including producers, haulers and packers during an FMD outbreak. The presenters will cover what a FMD outbreak will look like and follow with how producers can prepare themselves and be in a position to be able to move animals in the midst of an outbreak — all by utilizing the Secure Beef Supply plan and planning materials.
Dr. Carrie Koonce and Holli Tietjen-Hale, Texas Animal Health Commission
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Room 204Tax Laws and Estate Planning
Ranchers and landowners plan for the future by sustainably taking care of the land and livestock, make sure you’re prepared for future tax implications and estate planning best practices.
Breanna Oakley, Whitley Penn and Chris Massey, Frost Bank
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Room 202The Art of Grazing: The Herd Underground
Soil carbon storage. What is it? Are grazers doing it? Why does it matter? Is there an opportunity to profit from your good management? What do you mean by “ecosystem services?” How do I know how much carbon is in the soil? Who cares? What is the startup cost to be eligible for soil carbon storage? What do I have to provide? What rights am I relinquishing? What is my direct financial gain? Are there additional benefits? These questions and more will be addressed in this symposium sponsored by Texas Grazing Land Coalition. Representatives of Grassroots Carbon, a soil carbon storage broker and Ecosystem Market Services Consortium will detail how the ecosystem services markets are being organized and how the management of grazing animals makes a difference, a big difference, in soil health. Hear from the folks on the cutting edge of these markets and from a rancher and attorney who has contracted his ranch for soil carbon storage as well as businesses who are purchasing carbon credits.
Jenny Pluhar, Texas Grazing Lands Coalition
Anson Howard, Uhl, Fitsimons, Jewett, Burton, Wolff & Rangel PLLC
Henk Mooiweer, Grassroots Carbon
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Room 204What Happened to Cattle Health?
Each stage of the life in the cattle industry sets up success for the next. Cattle producers can come listen in on the importance of calf health and death loss to their bottom line.
Dr. Jay Wade Johnson, Huvepharma
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Room 201Animals and Programs Effecting 2020 Calf Prices: How to Use Data to Increase Calf Value
This session will unpack data that was analyzed from more than 6,800 lots and 800,000 head of calves to see what buyers rewarded cattle raisers for and discounted. Animal factors like horns, breed, genetic merit, flesh, frame and weight variation within a lot were considered. Additionally, programs like BQA, GAP and NHTC were assessed to understand their impact on calf prices. Impacts of different health protocols (VAC 34, VAC 45, VAC 60, etc.) and their influence on calf price was also evaluated.
Dr. John Hutcheson, Merck
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Room 203Weather Outlook
It’s been said that agriculture revolves around a one-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains. Come hear the weather predictions for the upcoming season and how as agriculturalists to best prepare for predicted forecasts.
John Feldt, Blue Water Outlook
4 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.BallroomLocal Meat Production: Direct-to-Consumer Beef Panel
Learn firsthand from those involved in locally owned and operated packing plants the ins-and-outs of running a small packing plant, state and federal plant regulation laws, custom harvesting cattle or wildlife, and the selling of fresh or frozen meats direct-to-consumer.
Dr. Joe Harris, Southwest Meat Association
Don Rea, The Meat Board
Paul Kiecker and Robert Bane, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Room 204Young Producer Panel and Gathering
Young producers today face challenges greater than ever. Young producers in the professional agriculture, family ranch business and company ranch business share their stories and insights to best success. After the session, a young producer gathering with open bar sponsored by Agriwebb will be available for casual conversation.
Coby Buck, Agriwebb
Parke Greeson, Sarco Creek Ranch
Foster Burchett, JF Welder Heirs Cattle Co.

moderated by Gilly Riojas, La Babia Beef
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Room 202Negotiation of Renewable Energy Contracts from the Landowner Perspective
Renewable energy is here to stay in the Lone Star State. As a landowner, listen in on how you can best protect yourself, your land and your operation for generations when negotiating a wind or sold energy contract.
Parks Brown, Uhl, Fitzsimons, Jewett, Burton, Wolff & Rangel, PLLC
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Room 201Good News and Bad News: The Intersection of Health, Risk and Opportunity in Weaned Calves
A practical session discussing the risks associated with weaning calves with both proven management principles and new, innovative approaches to mitigate the risks and add value to weaned calves. The talk will engage participants in the session using a “fill in the blank” outline including the references for the sources of information presented, a white board and power point to present ideas and information, and the utilization of audience response technology. This will be an educational talk focused on the biggest health threat to beef production, with actionable take home practices to apply in participants herds.
Dr. Mike Nichols, Boehringer-Ingelheim
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Room 203Reversing the Decline of Quail in Texas
Populations of Bobwhite and Scaled (“blue”) quail have declined in most areas of Texas. This session will discuss the factors contributing to quail decline and best management practices to restore populations.
Dale Rollins, Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation
Saturday, July 24
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Room 204Tackling Difficult Ranch Decisions
Ranching is a complex business, and this complexity makes effective decision-making difficult for managers. In particular, decisions associated with the fixed cost structure of the operation are some of the most difficult. This series of presentations will give participants insights on how to identify, dissect and work through the difficult decisions ranch managers face.
Dr. Rick Machen, Dr. Jason Sawyer and Stan Bevers, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.Room 201Brush Control and Risk Management: What You Need to Know
Chemical brush management practices are used across the region to battle invasive brush, however, do ranch managers truly understand the risks associated with these herbicide applications? Just as important, do ranch managers understand follow-up management activities necessary to mitigate certain risks for months or years after the application has been made? A major concern is the lack of awareness by ranch managers and landowners today, even though these risks have existed for many years. This presentation is intended to highlight and provide a better understanding of the risks associated with herbicide applications and the continued management following application.
Dr. Case Medlin, Bayer
Drs. Wayne Hanselka and Allan McGinty, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Room 202Ask an Ag Lawyer
Don’t miss this popular session featuring a panel of four agricultural law attorneys who will offer brief overviews of common legal issues.Jim Bradbury, Jim Bradbury, PLLC
James Decker, Decker & Arrott P.C.
Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
Amber Miller, Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, L.L.P.
• Fence Law (9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)
• Water Law (9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
• Eminent Domain and Pipeline/Transmission Line Easements (10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m)
• Open Q&A (10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.BallroomThe Voice from the Border: Impact of the Border Crisis
An informative session on the Texas border crisis and the everyday impacts on landowners. Take a closer look into the long-term effects of the increased border issues and how it is not only impacting landowners, but also law enforcement resources. In this panel, you will hear the voices and concerns of three individuals who face challenges each day presented by the border crisis and the steadily rising increase of foot traffic.
Tony Ashley and James Bennett, TSCRA Special Rangers
Whit Jones, Jones Ranch LLC
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Room 203The State of Wildlife in Texas
The wildlife of Texas is as diverse as the landscapes and the people that call Texas home. Some wildlife species are thriving, some are struggling and there are some that we wish we didn’t have. There are many pressures on our land, water, and wildlife to include loss of suitable habitat, climate change, invasive species, emerging diseases, and urbanization. We will look at the current status of some species we hunt and a few that we don’t. What the effects of some wildlife diseases may be and what are the economic impacts of the hunting industry and wildlife viewing in Texas.
John Silovsky, Wildlife Division Director, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department