Cattle handling, safety and chute-side work will be featured at the 2008 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 4-6 in College Station.
The three-day program, which is held on the campus of Texas A&M University, is sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension.
The highlight of the Wednesday morning, Aug. 6 cattle demonstrations will be a discussion on low-stress cattle-handling principles and techniques by Curt Pate, says Dr. Ron Gill, Texas AgriLife Extension Service livestock specialist.
"He's a well respected stockman from Montana," Gill says. "He's a rancher that understands the importance of production efficiency and the economic benefit of handling cattle correctly."
The short course educational sessions will have a mix of information, addressing current beef industry issues, and providing fundamental information on basic cattle management, says Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator. Due to the recent spike in feed, fuel and fertilizer prices, many of the topics covered will focus on cutting beef cattle production input costs without sacrificing ranch profitability, Cleere says.
Dr. Larry Boleman, associate executive vice president for operations at Texas A&M and conference director, says the short course also will offer 20 different cattlemen college sessions for participants to select among.
"This year, we will have more than 70 hours of beef cattle instructional training through seminars, workshops and demonstrations taught by more than 50 different speakers," Boleman notes.
A new feature this year will be a tour of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostics Laboratory.
Course registration is $140 per participant (if registered by July 28), and includes admission to the conference, a copy of the short course proceedings (a 300-page publication), trade show admittance, tickets to the special Aggie prime rib dinner, and additional meals and refreshment breaks. Attendees can earn seven pesticide continuing education units, 15 veterinary credits and numerous Beef Quality Assurance credits. For more or to register, go online at beef.tamu.edu, or contact Cleere's office, (979) 845-6931.