Demonstrations to be featured at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

COLLEGE STATION – Fence building, brush control, live cattle handling and a carcass fabrication demonstration will be featured at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 7 in College Station.

The short course, which runs Aug. 5-7, is the largest beef educational event in the country and attracts more than 2,200 attendees annually. Capital Farm Credit is the lead sponsor.

The short course features 24 sessions covering basic practices, new technologies and other important industry topics. These sessions provide participants with an opportunity to choose workshops based on their level of production experience and the needs of their ranch.

The Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is set for Aug. 5-7 at Texas A&M University in College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

“Concurrent workshops will feature information on introductory cattle production, forage management practices, range management, nutrition and reproduction, record keeping, genetics, purebred cattle and much more,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, College Station, and conference coordinator. “The goal of the short course each year is to provide sessions on basic beef cattle production practices as well as the most cutting-edge information needed by beef cattle producers. We think we have information for everyone to take home and apply to their operations.”

The last day of the short course features five sessions that demonstrate many of the management practices implemented on the ranch, Cleere said.

“There will be live cattle demonstrations on identifying cattle, castrating calves, proper injection practices and how to collect blood for pregnancy testing,” he said.

The Brush Busters demonstration will cover how to manage prickly pear, mesquite, greenbrier, Chinese tallow trees, huisache and other species.

“We will show how to properly manage a wide variety of brush species and also have a discussion on purchasing tractors and operating them safely,” Cleere said.

A beef cattle business management workshop, beef carcass value determination workshop and live cattle-handling and chute-side demonstrations are also planned.

“A popular session each year is held at the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center where specialists will demonstrate the cutting of a beef carcass and where the value is for producers interested in selling beef off the ranch.”

Participants can earn at least nine Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide continuing education units if they are already licensed, Cleere added.

An industry trade show will be held during the event, featuring more than 140 agricultural businesses and service exhibits.

“And the famous Texas Aggie Prime Rib Dinner is always a highlight of the short course,” Cleere said.

Registration is $210 and covers all meals, including the prime rib dinner, breaks and printed materials. To register, go tohttps://beefcattleshortcourse.com/ or call 979-845-6931.

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