CSU to host Beef Cow College

Dec 27, 2013
by WLJ

Colorado State University (CSU) Animal Science is offering a six-session, weekly, evening educational course in beef cattle production for interested persons in north central Colorado and southern Wyoming to be held in February and March, 2014.

CSU’s Beef Cow College will cover fundamental topics of beef cattle nutrition, reproduction, genetics, management practices and health management. The target audience is persons currently involved in or considering entering beef production. Cow College is designed for all types of beef cattle producers regardless of size of cattle operation or years of experience.

This course will provide a refresher for experienced producers and new learning opportunities for those less experienced. The primary focus will be on cow/calf topics, with reference to other segments of beef production as they apply.

The six sessions will be held weekly each Tuesday evening from Feb. 11 to March 25, 2014, with the exception of Tuesday, Mar. 18 which is CSU Spring Break. Cow College sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude by 9 p.m.

Topics will be taught with an application focus. Handson and problem solving exercises will be included. A final schedule for Cow College will be posted on the CSU Animal Science website (http://ansci. agsci.colostate.edu/) and distributed at the first session.

The CSU Beef Management Systems (BMS) group will coordinate and provide instruction for Cow College. BMS faculty includes Drs. Jack Whittier, Jason Ahola, and Kraig Peel. Dr. Whittier, CSU Beef Extension Specialist, is the lead contact for Cow College. Additional CSU Animal Science faculty and graduate students, along with invited speakers from the beef industry will also teach during Cow College.

Course registration is $100 per person, a 25 percent discount for the first person and 50 percent discount to others from the same family/operation is available. Individual sessions may be attended for $25 each. A minimum of 20 paid participants by Jan. 31, 2014 will be required to hold Cow College. If too few participants register by the deadline, registration fees will be refunded and Cow College will be canceled.

Registrations should be sent to Linh Niesent, Department of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University, 1171 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1171, by phone at 970/491-6672, by fax at 970/491-5326, or by email to linh.niesent@colostate.edu. Make checks payable to CSU. Please include your name, address, telephone number and email address with your registration. Space may be limited, so those interested are encouraged to register and send registration fees early.

The Cow College will be held at CSU Agricultural Research Education and Development Center (ARDEC) Taylor Conference Center located at 4482 East County Road 56, Fort Collins, CO. ARDEC is located north of Fort Collins, CO, on the east side of I-25 about 2 miles north and across Interstate-25 from the Budweiser plant. Take Mountain Vista exit if coming from the south and Wellington exit if coming from the north and get on the frontage road on the east side of I-25. — WLJ