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U-M Offers Beef Home Study Course

Registration due by Dec. 15 for the six-lesson cow/calf health management program.

Producers may register for the University of Minnesota Beef Team's new home study course through December 15.

Six lessons focusing on cow/calf health management comprise the 2007-08 course, developed to help beef producers further their knowledge on topics that may help improve the management of their operations.

The cost to participate in the program is $50. The registration fee covers a course booklet with lessons and supporting materials. The first lesson will be mailed to participants in early January, and a new lesson is mailed out every two weeks.

Members of the University of Minnesota Beef Team will be available throughout the course to assist participants and answer questions about the materials.

The six lessons covered in the course are:

1. "Common Breeding Herd Diseases," Alfredo DiCostanzo, University of Minnesota Beef Team
2. "Internal and External Parasite Control," Bethany Lovaas, University of Minnesota Beef Team
3. "Antibiotic Use, Biosecurity and Quality Assurance," Lori Schott and John Shutske, University of Minnesota Beef Team
4. "Herd Health Calendars," Ryon Walker, University of Minnesota Beef Team
5. "Newborn Calf Care," David Smith, University of Nebraska
6. "Preparing Calves for Weaning," Grant Crawford, University of Minnesota Beef Team

For more information, contact Crawford at (320) 234-0441 or, Schott at (320) 225-5055 or, or visit Extension's Beef Team website at  

Source: Grant Crawford, Extension educator in beef cattle nutrition and management

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