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Beef Cattle Short Course personalized for ranchers

Beef producers attending the 48th TAMU Beef Cattle Short Course will have the opportunity to select and participate in two full days of “Cattleman's College” at the 2002 TAMU Beef Cattle Short Course on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas, Aug. 5-7

The TAMU Beef Cattle Short Course is a two and one-half day-long beef cattle industry educational program with portions of the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday's schedule devoted to Cattleman's College, Seminars, Mini-Symposiums, Workshops, and hands-on Live Cattle Demonstrations.

Dr. Larry Boleman, conference coordinator, says, “According to past participant surveys, the Cattleman's College is the most highly rated educational activity of the entire Beef Cattle Short Course. Over 95 percent of last year's participants responded that they learned and adopted practices from Cattleman's College that would benefit their operations.

“This year's Cattleman's College has been extended and participants can select from over 50 hours of beef cattle instructional training through seminars, workshops and mini-symposiums to fit their own personnel needs.”

The educational training will be taught by more than 40 different beef cattle speakers. On Monday, seminars and mini-symposiums will teach a wide variety of topics, including Basic Ranch Management, EPD's and Carcass Trait Evaluation, Grazing Management, and Nutrition and Health of BQA Calves.

Also scheduled for Monday is a Pesticide Applicator Training Special Session for those having a hard time finding training requiring specialized CEU's. CEU's are also offered for many of the other training sessions.

Mini-symposiums and seminars will be offered concurrently on the opening day of the Beef Cattle Short Course, Monday, Aug. 6. On Monday at 3 p.m., the Opening General Session will be followed by the Tuesday Morning General Session.

Tuesday afternoon's general session alternative choices will include Beef Quality Assurance Training for producers who have not previously received Level II Training from across the state, a Producers Forum, and Purebred Data Base Symposium.

A specialized in-depth training program for producers who have already completed the Level I BQA has been developed by the TAMU Beef Quality Faculty Committee and will include the certification process, management plan, and keeping systems.

Cattleman's College will resume on Wednesday morning with mini-symposiums and workshops.

For further information or a registration form, see the Beef Cattle Short Course Website at or call 979-845-3579.

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