A Jan. 18 workshop in College Station will teach beef cattle producers bull selection techniques and feature discussions on breeding programs, performance data, care, and management.
The program, to be held at the Texas A&M University Beef Center in College Station, will be led by Drs. Jason Cleere and Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialists at College Station.
Cleere notes just how important a good bull can be to a beef producer's overall ranching operation and its calf crop.
"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 says.
The program will get started at 10 a.m. with Cleere discussing cattle breeds and breeding programs. He will follow with a demonstration on visual selection of bulls. After lunch, Banta will lead a presentation on bull care and management.
"Selecting the right bull for your cattle herd takes planning and research," Banta says. "Workshop participants will come away with a good understanding or specialized practices and management strategies that will improve their operation and overall bottom line."
Live animals will be used during several of these presentations, and participants also will have the opportunity to sort through a set of bulls.
"This will be an in-depth program that will give beef cattle producers the opportunity to see us critique several bulls and point out what traits that are acceptable or non-acceptable," he says.
Cost for the bull selection workshop is just $60, and includes meals, refreshments, and also lecture materials.
The workshop program is limited to the first 50 registrants.
For more information on the program and to register, you can go online and visit https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter the keyword, "beef," or you can contact Michelle Sensing at 903-834-6191.