Farm and Ranch
  • Program is Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Grayson County Courthouse, 2nd floor Assembly Room. September is the month to select your pigs for the major and county shows. A swine project is a great project for youth and the family. So much can be learned from such a project - responsibility, consistency, animal care, discipline, showmanship, etc. Local experts with a lot of experience will be covering the topics of swine selection, nutrition management, and project costs. A portion of the program will be presented to us by local 4-Hers. They will discuss the project from a youth’s perspective.


  • To enter the hay show, participants will need to bring their samples to the Derrell Hall Education Center at 2505 N. Center St. in Bonham by September 5, 2014. Samples will be delivered to the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma for forage analysis. Classes offered for the hay show will include Legumes, Summer Annuals, Bermudagrass, Small Grains/Ryegrass/Winter Annuals, and Others.
  • Results of sale Thursday, August 28, 2014 -- 581 head sold.
  • August Farm Prices Received Index unchanged
  • When it comes to replacement heifers in beef cattle operations, producers are faced with a dilemma: Raise them, buy them or sell them and “take the money and run.” (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)
  • The Texas Olive Field Day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a tour of Central Texas Olive Ranch, 5251 Farm-to-Market Road 972, Granger. The olive farm is owned and operated by Joshua Swafford and his grandfather, Curtis Mickan.
  • This young brangus bull calf was born February 7, 2014 and has all the markings of a prospective herd sire. Price: $1,500.
  • Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 9.8 million head on August 1, 2014. The inventory was 2 percent below August 1, 2013.
  • Please contact the Extension Office to RSVP for the training at 903-583-7453 or email cody.maxwell@ag.tamu.edu. Due to availability of training materials, we will be limiting this course to 15 people.
  • High cattle markets and lingering drought conditions have beef producers continually planning to maximize their assets – water, grass and cattle.
  • On October 16 and 17, The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Collin County will be hosting the 2014 Collin County Open Commercial Heifer Show and Sale. The show and sale is open to producers who may be interested in participating from the North Texas area.
  • The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Development.