Texas AM Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 3-5

May 15, 2009
by WLJ

The 55th Annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. “Planning committee members from around the state have met with us and helped us put together another outstanding program,” said Jason Cleere, Texas Agri- Life Extension beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator.

Drought, high production costs, emerging diseases and a weakened market have made this a challenging year for cattle producers, Cleere said. The short course, sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will address these issues and others during the three-day event, providing information for both the novice and experienced rancher.

The Cattleman’s College portion of the short course provides participants with an opportunity to choose workshops based on their level of production experience and the needs of their ranch, Cleere said. “These concurrent workshops will feature information on ranch management, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, pastures, carcass evaluation, recordkeeping, brush busting, cattle handling, landowner issues and much more.” In addition to classroom instruction Aug. 3-4, participants can attend one of the popular demonstrations the morning of Aug. 5, said Larry Boleman, associate vice chancellor for agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M, and conference director.

Along with the Cattleman’s College, a key general session will be offered on the afternoon of Aug. 3. Registration for this year’s program, “Ranching for the Future,” is $140 per person and includes educational materials, a copy of the 600-page Beef Cattle Short Course proceedings, trade show admittance, admission to the prime rib dinner, meals and daily refreshments.

Registration information and a tentative schedule will be mailed to previous participants in June. It can also be found on the short course web site. Producers can register online at http://beef.tamu.edu or contact Cleere’s office at 979/845-6931. — WLJ