- Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, email@example.com
- Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, firstname.lastname@example.org
COLLEGE STATION – Youth can learn more about the beef industry, including a virtual tour of a feedlot and packing operations, during a special hands-on program held in conjunction with the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course on Aug. 1-2 at Texas A&M University in College Station.
The youth program will feature a variety of educational sessions, ranging from beef evaluations and grading, beef fabrication and a grilling activity, said Dr. Jason Cleere, conference coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in College Station.
“This will be a unique experience for youth who have interests in beef cattle production and retail marketing,” Cleere said. “Part of the program highlights is a retail scavenger hunt for beef at HEB, plus a beef fabrication exercise at the Rosenthal Meat Science Center. Youth will break into groups and learn about the different cuts found on a side of beef and actually participate in making these cuts. There will also be a beef grilling activity, which will certainly have many looking forward to that activity at the end of the day.”
Cleere said youth participants will be able to attend the general session of the beef cattle short course on Aug.1 and also the Wednesday Aug. 3 demonstrations.
“This will also be an excellent opportunity for youths involved with commercial steer and heifer programs, ‘beef skillathons’, beef quiz bowls and other youth beef cattle competitions to gain valuable beef cattle production information,” he said.
Other topics include a virtual tour of a feedyard and packing plant operation. All registrants ages 13-18 for the youth program must attend the program with a parent or other supervising adult.
Registration is $80 by July 25 and $100 thereafter.
For registration information, visit http://beefcattleshortcourse.com/ for forms and related information about the program or contact Cleere’s office at 979-845-6931.