The Texas CattleWomen hosted their first “Women In Ranching” event last weekend at the NRS Store in Decatur, Texas. This place is superb and if you have never been there, you need to check it out. The day started out on Saturday morning with Dr. Ron Gill doing a cattle handling demonstration. If you have never seen Dr. Gill work cattle you should make a date to watch him. It is quite phenomenal to see him work cattle and how easy it can be done doing it stress free. He was able to work cattle on horseback as well as on foot while running them through the chute.
Dr. Morgan Russell then gave a presentation on drought awareness. This was a key presentation as we get into the summer months. The ladies were able to enjoy lunch before they split up into three groups and participated in hands-on training.
One group was able to sit through a fencing presentation given by Dr. Jason Banta. This was very important if you have ever been “That” lady in the pasture that needed to know how to fix the fence. While this was going on, another group was able to learn how to give vaccinations. This is a must if you are going to give vaccinations as most packers will knock off the price of cattle if they are not vaccinated in the right place. While you may not sell directly to packers, the people you do sell to most likely do and pay attention. I am sure they keep records of how well their cattle are doing. So, in the long run, giving shots in the wrong areas and the wrong way only hurts you and the industry in the long run.
The third group was able to go through the processing phase, which also included castration. It was very interesting to watch the ladies perform this task. Some ladies where used to the process and it was just like any other day. Others? Well they may not have been too sure about it. The groups were able to rotate and experience each group and participate as much as or less as they wanted too. The evening was concluded with a steak dinner as well as a presentation given by Mr. Jimmy Curtis from Cattle Max.
Sunday morning started out with a moving sermon done by Mrs. Woods at Cowboy Church. A marketing demonstration was then given by Decatur’s own Kimberly Irwin. This was spectacular and very knowledgeable as people continue to market their calves differently. To finish off the weekend, there was a panel discussion with three key ladies in the industry. Kim Sexton-Yates, Terry Stuart-Forst and Linda Jordens-Galayda. Each of these ladies have different operations and they run their ranches differently. It was incredible to watch them and listen to them answer the questions with different viewpoints. It was very informative and I learned a couple of good ways to find lease pasture. This program was without a doubt one of the best that I have attended. I am so thankful that I got to be one of the coordinators of the event. We have already begun working on the Fall ranch tour as well as some new ideas for the Spring. Did you attend the event? Give us some feedback on what you liked. If you are interested in attending an event in the future give us some feedback on what you would like to see.
Casey Matzke – Texas CattleWomen Vice President