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Summer Beef Cattle Management Program Aug. 1 at Groesbeck

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Limestone, Falls, McLennan, Robertson, Leon, Hill and Freestone Counties are sponsoring a “Summer Beef Cattle Management” program at the Groesbeck Auction Barn in Groesbeck, Texas, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude after a sponsored lunch and a sponsored breakfast and cold drinks courtesy of Lone Star Ag Credit. There is a $10.00 fee for the program, payable at the door. We will be offering two (2) CEU’s (1 General, 1 IPM) toward recertification of private, non-commercial and commercial applicator licenses for attending the program. There will be BQA credits available as well. Speakers for the program include: Dr. Larry Redmon – State Forage Specialist, Dr. Jason Banta – Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Dr. Jason Johnson – Extension Economist, Mrs. Lisa Everman – Limestone/Freestone Farm Service Agency, & a County Agent/Specialist Panel of all County Ag Agents in this cluster and specialists to answer any and all questions you bring with you to help better your operations. Topics for the Beef Cattle program include: Nutritional Management of your cowherd, Improving Reproductive Efficiency, Fly Control options, Forage Management, stockpiling forages, hay knowledge, preparing pastures for the Fall season, Cattle market outlook, where are cattle prices headed and what all factors are driving it, and then a good question and answer panel...

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Reflections from Red Oak Ranch

by Jan Fielden Saturday morning I got up raring to go as usual.  As I looked out the kitchen window which I normally do, I saw a big hog down in the pasture.  The hog was not very far away.  He had not wandered into the next pasture but was still on the house side of the cross fence.  “I think I can get him before he takes off running”, I thought to myself.  The Beagles had not discovered him as of yet because they were not barking.  I quickly got my gun, put on my boots, and headed out the door.  I got only two steps before I stopped in my tracks! There on the patio was a Copperhead resting, sunning its self, or whatever!  I backed up and ran over to get the shovel that was leaning on the house.  I came back over to the snake and the Beagles arrived about the same time.  They, of course, began darting in and backing out, darting and backing.  I hit the snake with the shovel and yelled at the Beagles to stay away.  I had to put my gun down and was trying to knock the snake senseless so I could move him over into the dirt in order to kill it.  Hitting a shovel on concrete is not easy on the hands or the concrete or the...

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Oil & Gas News – June 2017

Texas Drilling Permits and Completions Statistics for June 2017 07/11/2017   The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 1,305 original drilling permits in June 2017 compared to 656 in June 2016. The June total included 1,131 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 11 to re-enter plugged well bores and 163 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits issued June 2017 included 330 oil, 70 gas, 817 oil or gas, 70 injection, two service and 16 other permits. In June 2017, Commission staff processed 510 oil, 96 gas, 43 injection and zero other completions compared to 700 oil, 165 gas, 31 injection and four other completions in June 2016. Total well completions processed for 2017 year to date are 3,872; down from 6,429 recorded during the same period in 2016. According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of July 7 was 463, representing about 49 percent of all active rigs in the United States. For additional drilling permit and completion statistics, visit the Commission’s website at...

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Charles Franklen Lopez, Sr.

  Charles Franklen Lopez, Sr. was born on October 10, 1941 in Maysfield, TX in Milam County to Amil Lopez Sr. & Lillie Smith Lopez. He was the first member of his family to graduate High School in Milano TX. He married his high school sweetheart Marjorie Jane Hurt on August 31, 1963. They moved to Fairfield Texas in 1971 with the Texas Utilities Mining Company and began their new life in Freestone County. Charles was a dedicated member of the Fairfield Church of Christ and served in many roles including a deacon and longtime elder of the congregation. Charles was a devoted Christian and had a tremendous love for his church family. He enjoyed his work at the power plant and also the life of a cattleman on his ranch. He loved raising cattle, growing hay in his fields and working with the soil to grow his gardens. He was preceded in death by his parents Amil Sr & Lillie Lopez, and his brother Tommy McQueen and three sisters, Lillie Mae Eickenhorst, Bernice Holloway, and Doris Jones. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Margie Hurt Lopez of Dew, TX and their three sons Charles F Lopez, Jr (Chuck) and his wife Tammy of Dew TX, Troy Allen Lopez and his wife Kris of Sulphur Springs, TX, and Jonathan Dwayne Lopez and his wife Kim of...

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Fairfield Rotary Donates to Lions Club

FAIRFIELD ROTARY CLUB DONATES $150 to the Fairfield Lions Club as continued support for the Lions Club many years of service and hard work with the food booth at the Freestone County Fair. Pictured is Rotary President, Jason Hullum and Lions Club Treasurer, Kevin Moller. (Picture submitted by Donna...

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