Producer panel among highlights at upcoming grass-fed beef conference at Texas A&M

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu

Contact: Dr. Rick Machen, 830-278-9151 ext. 245, rmachen@ag.tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – A panel of grass-fed beef producers providing first-hand knowledge of production practices will be one of several highlights at a grass-fed beef production conference scheduled May 30-31 at Texas A&M University in College Station.

A panel of speakers on the second day of the conference will represent expertise in the areas of animal welfare, production and retailing, said Dr. Rick Machen, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock specialist, Uvalde, and conference coordinator.

“Participants will get perspectives from each of these areas, plus they will hear numerous presentations on the fundamentals of the grass-fed business, cattle types and other information,” Machen said.

The panel will feature:

- Andrew Gunther, program director, Animal Welfare Approved.

- Dr. Glenn Rogers, owner of Grassy Ridge Natural Beef, Aledo.

- Pati Jacobs, owner of Bastrop Cattle Company, Bastrop.

- Charlie Bradbury, chief executive officer of Nolan Ryan’s Beef, Huntsville.

Dr. Davey Griffin, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service meat specialist, discusses skeletal composition of a beef cow a the 2012 conference. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

Dr. Davey Griffin, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service meat specialist, discusses skeletal composition of a beef cow at the 2012 grass-fed beef conference at Texas A&M University in College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

The following topics will be discussed: overview of the beef industry; defining natural, grass-fed and organic beef; forage fundamentals; cattle types suited for grass-fed beef; forage-based nutrition for cattle; preventive herd health; cattle handling for wholesome beef; carcass fabrication; consumers and their expectations; marketing a unique product; and economics and sustainability.

A carcass fabrication demonstration will be featured the second day.

Cost is $250 through May 15 and $300 after. Three continuing education credits will be offered to Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicators license holders. To register online, visit https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/ and enter keyword “grassfed” or call 979-845-2604.

The conference is presented by AgriLife Extension with funding from Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education and the Texas Beef Council.

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