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2016 Cow Country Congress set for Friday

Cow Country Congress is an annual educational event hosted by an area wide group of county Extension agents.

This year Cow Country Congress will be held at Partin & Partin Heart Bar Ranch one of Anderson Counties jewels. CCC is scheduled Friday October 21.  The ranch is located 19 miles Northwest of Palestine, take State Hwy 19 to FM 837 west in the Bradford Community, ranch address is 3159 FM 837.

The cost is $20.00 per person and pre-registration is requested. To pre-register by October 19 call 903-723-3735 or email Truman Lamb at tlamb@ag.tamu.edu. You may also call 936-544-7502 or email Jo Smith at Jo.Smith@ag.tamu.edu. You can also contact any of the sponsoring Extension Offices Anderson, Freestone, Houston, Leon, Madison, Trinity, Polk and Walker Counties. Walk up registration begins at 7:15 a.m. with the program starting at 8:15 a.m. at the ranch. This year’s congress will feature a tour of cattle. Partin & Partin Heart Bar Ranch has a rich history of producing quality Brahman Bulls, cattle and Certified Golden F1 cattle. Partin & Partin Heart Bar Ranch is owned and operated by Mike Partin and his two sons Steve and Carlton.

The ranch is rich in tradition and history thanks to Mike’s grandfather, Henry O. Partin whom everyone recognizes as the father of the Brahman cattle industry in Florida.  On September 15, 1936, Henry O. Partin purchased 131 Purebred Brahmans from a Texas breeder and a year or so later he got a bull he’d been after since he first saw him in the early 1930’s. This bull was Imparistre, son of an imported bull named Imperator. One of Imparistre’s first sons by a Partin cow was named “Emperor” born on April 9, 1940.

Henry O. Partin always said pointing with pride to emperor, “that is the man that put me in the Brahman business”. Partin had the know-how and foresight and merely wanted to put blocky beef on his cattle and he used emperor to do it. Partin, with the help of emperor, practically transformed Florida’s cattle industry during the 1940’s and 1950’s.  Never defeated in a show ring, emperor was used as a sire by several of Florida’s cattlemen. Early on it was to see that Emperor was special, he took grand champion honors as a yearling at the Tampa, Florida fair. Descendants of Emperor in a two-year period won 108 blue ribbons around the nation. Today Mike Partin and his sons have kept up this rich tradition.

This year Cow Country Congress speakers will discuss hot current topics.  Speakers are Dr. Vanessa Olson, Associate Professor Extension Forage Specialist, Dr. Olson will talk about Weed Control, Dr. David Anderson, Professor & Extension Economist, Livestock Marketing will talk about “Where are we in the cattle cycle”?, and “How will Import and Export affect Prices”?  Dr. Jason Banta, Associate Professor & Extension Beef Cattle specialist will discuss “Where Does Brahman Influence Cattle fit in the Commercial Cow Herd” and “Can we save money on winter feeding”?


Information courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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