South Central Texas Cattlemen’s Short Course series begins March 8

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

Contact: Kara Matheny, 979-277-6223, kjmatheney@ag.tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – The 2017 South Central Texas Cattlemen’s Short Course series will feature market and production information for all beef cattle producers, according to organizers.

The series will be hosted by the beef and forage committees in Brazos, Burleson, Grimes and Washington counties. Cost is $20 for individual classes or $60 per individual and $100 per couple for the series. Organizers request that registration be done three days prior to each event as dinner will be provided.

        The first class will be from 6-8 p.m. March 8 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Brenham. It will feature Dr. Ron Gill, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, College Station. Topics include a cattle outlook and update. Attendees will receive one continuing education unit and Beef Quality Assurance credit.

The 2017 South Central Texas Cattlemen’s Short Course series will feature market and production information for all beef cattle producers, according to organizers. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

        The second class will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 29 in Burleson County and will feature Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist from Corpus Christi. Topics covered in this class will be what is needed to be in the cattle business.

        The third class will be from 6-8 p.m. April 12 in Brazos County. In this program, Paschal will discuss how to be profitable in the beef cattle business.

        The final class on April 26 will be a multi-county beef tour of Brazos, Burleson, Grimes and Washington counties with live demonstrations of facilities and equipment.

        “This unique series was designed with cattle producers in mind, and addresses many of the comments that were provided from attendees following the 2016 South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic in Brenham last October,” said Kara Matheney, AgriLife Extension agent for Washington County.  “Each session will address a specific topic focused on managing cattle for sustainability and profitability. Credits will be offered for pesticide applicators and for anyone seeking beef quality assurance credits as well. This is a series that doesn’t come around often, so we encourage you to mark your calendars and join us.”

        For more information and to register, call the AgriLife Extension office in Washington County at 979-277-6223; in  Brazos County at 979-823-0129; in Burleson County at 979-567-2308; or Grimes County at 936-873-3907.

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