Bull selection workshop scheduled Sept. 27 in College Station

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

COLLEGE STATION – Due to high demand, a second bull selection workshop targeting beef cattle producers is scheduled Sept. 27 at the Texas A&M University Beef Center in College Station.

The day-long program, will be led by Drs. Jason Cleere and Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialists in College Station.

“A herd bull is responsible for 50 percent of the herd’s calf crop, and a good bull is an investment that can certainly pay big dividends,” Cleere said.

The program is limited to the first 50 individuals. Cost is $60 per person and includes lunch and program materials. Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter the keyword “beef”, or contact Michelle Sensing at 903-834-6191.

Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, discusses skeletal structure during the January bull selection workshop held in College Station. A second workshop is scheduled Sept. 27 at the Texas A&M University Beef Center in College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, discusses skeletal structure during the January bull selection workshop held in College Station. A second workshop is scheduled Sept. 27 at the Texas A&M University Beef Center in College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m. The workshop will conclude at 5 p.m.

Cleere will discuss cattle breeds and breeding programs. He will follow with a demonstration on visual selection of bulls. Following lunch, Banta will lead presentations on bull performance data and genetic markers, bull fertility and bull-to-cow ratios. He will also give a presentation on bull care and management.

“Selecting the right bull for your cattle herd takes planning and research,” Banta said. “Workshop participants will leave with a good understanding of specialized practices and management strategies that will improve their operation and overall bottom line.”

Live animals will be used in several presentations, and participants will have the opportunity to sort through a set of bulls, Cleere said.

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