By JAMES M. DAVIS

BELTON -- The annual Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic will be held Friday, Jan. 5, at the Milano Livestock Exchange in Milano.

Registration for the clinic will be 8-9 a.m. There is a registration fee which includes lunch and program proceedings.

Two CEUs for applicator's licenses will be given at the clinic. The program will begin at 9 a.m. with Rep. Lois Kolkhorst of District 13.

Moderator for the program will be Dr. Steve Hammack, extension beef cattle specialist from Stephenville.

Fertilizer sources for forage production in Central Texas will be the first program topic of the day. Dr. Mark McFarland, extension soil fertility specialist, will discuss the sources of fertilizer.

With high prices of nitrogen producers are facing this year, this will be a very important topic.

The second program topic will be the beef cattle market outlook and total cattle numbers. Dr. Ernie Davis will give us his market outlook for 2001. Davis is the nationally known extension livestock marketing specialist at Texas A&M University.

The final topic before the lunch break will be estimating body condition scores and how they relate to reproduction.

This topic will be discussed by extension beef specialists, Hammack and Dr. L.R. Sprott. The body condition score will greatly affect the amount of money that needs to be spent on winter supplementation.

After lunch, Hammack and Sprott will continue their discussion and address replacement heifers. As we enter a new cattle cycle many producers will consider the economics of buying versus retaining ownership of heifers you raise.

The final topic of the day will be improved grasses and year round grazing. Dr. David Bade, extension forage specialist located at Texas A&M University, will discuss the grasses and grazing systems. There has been a lot of interest in the Tifton 85 for Central Texas. One thing about Tifton 85 is its ability to make standing hay for winter grazing.

This looks like a good program with timely topics for Central Texas beef producers. For more information contact the county extension office in Bell, Burleson, Falls, Milam or Robertson counties.