Texas A&M University-Kingsville

King Ranch Institute to Host Grazing Management Lectureship

KINGSVILLE - June 11, 2010

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

Texas A&M-Kingsville’s own Ortega-Santos is instructor

The King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host a lectureship on grazing management, Monday through Thursday, July 19-22, at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center adjacent to campus on Corral Avenue. The deadline to sign up for the course is July 19 and the cost is $500.

Dr. Poncho Ortega-Santos, associate professor and research scientist with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, is the instructor for the course. Those taking this class will tour three different ranches during the four-day event, La Copita Ranch, the Welder Wildlife Refuge and King Ranch, to explore their different grazing impacts and strategies.

Those attending the course will learn a basic understanding of the physiological processes, morphological development, nutritional qualities, palatability of range plants, economic analysis of costs and benefits and supplementation strategies as a basis for grazing management for domestic and wild animals. In addition, they will learn the impacts of grazing systems on vegetation, livestock, wildlife, watersheds and profitability and the process of selecting and developing grazing strategies.

Continuing Education Units are available through the Society of Range Management. For more information call 361-593-5401 or email krirm@tamuk.edu.

About Dr. Poncho Ortega-Santos

Ortega-Santos has been at Texas A&M-Kingsville since 2001. He teaches range ecology methods, range improvements and grazing management and conducts research in habitat improvement, grazing management and cattle/wildlife interactions.

Prior to working at A&M-Kingsville, Ortega-Santos was a researcher and national leader of range and forage program for the National Research Institute of Forestry, Crops and Livestock in Mexico.

He is the co-author of White-tailed Deer Habitat Ecology and Management, published in both English and Spanish.

Ortega-Santos was named Researcher of the Year in 1991 and 1992 by the Sociedad Mexicana de Manejo de Pastizales in Mexico. While at Texas A&M-Kingsville, he has received the Junior Teaching Award, the Junior Scholarship Award and the Service Award, all from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences. He was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Manchester Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals. From the Texas Section of the Society of Range Management, Ortega-Santos received the Outstanding Book Award, the Publication Award twice and the Outstanding Achievement Award.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Fac. De Agronomia, Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas; his master’s degree, also in animal science from Universidad Agraria; and his doctorate in agronomy from University of Florida. 

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