Winter Pasture, Stockpiled Forage Workshop to Cover Options in Drought

If drought conditions persist, producers could find themselves seeking winter feed options. The program will focus on what producers can do to maximize on rainfall or plan ahead for various scenarios this winter. ( Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Adam Russell )

Beef cattle producers can learn about different winter pasture and stockpiled forage options to help reduce winter feeding during a workshop hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Aug. 24 in Overton.

The event will be at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 N. Farm-to-Market Road 3053. 

Sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m., and the program ends at 5 p.m. Cost of the workshop is $60 if registered by Aug. 13 and $75 by Aug. 22, which includes lunch and program materials.

Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, including one integrated pest management and one general, will be offered.

Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, and Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, both in Overton, will cover the following topics:   

  • Stockpiled forage management and utilization.
  • How many acres do you need of stockpiled forage and winter pasture?
  • Cool-season forages and variety selection.
  • Establishment and fertilization.
  • Monthly and seasonal forage production potential.
  • Appropriate mineral supplementation.
  • Estimated costs.

“Considering the hot, dry conditions, producers should think about winter pasture potential now, given possible future hay shortages,” Corriher-Olson said. “We will cover the best options for winter pastures and stockpiled forage options, if dry conditions continue.”

Register online at; or call AgriLife Extension Conference Services at 979-845-2604.