The 2012 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course will feature a New Mexico State University economist who will address the future of the cattle industry and economic trends during the Aug. 6 general session in College Station.
Dr. Lowell Catlett, a Regents professor, dean and chief administrative officer in the university's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, will provide insights and an outlook on the agriculture industry, specifically beef cattle production, plus the overall current state of the economy. Catlett is a well-known economist and futurist.
The short course is coordinated by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and scheduled for Aug. 6-8 on the Texas A&M University campus.
"Dr. Catlett is a noted, national speaker who provides varied and upbeat presentations," says Dr. Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator. "His latest focus is the economy and what we can expect for agriculture and beef cattle markets in the future."
Meanwhile, the cattlemen's college portion of the short course provides participants with an opportunity to choose workshops based on their level of production experience and the needs of their ranch, Cleere says.
"These 22 concurrent workshops will feature information on introductory cattle production, management practices in the area of forage, nutrition and reproduction, recordkeeping, Brush Busters, cattle handling, landowner issues and much more," he says. "Our goal is to provide participants with information that will help them improve the efficiency and, ultimately, the profitability of their cattle operations."
In addition to classroom instruction on Aug. 6-7, participants can attend one of the popular demonstrations on the morning of Aug. 8.
"There will be demonstrations on chute-side calf working, cattle behavior, penning, selection and brush busting," Cleere says.
Registration is $160 per person and includes materials, a copy of the 600-apge Beef Cattle Short Course proceedings, trade show, the Aggie prime rib dinner, lunches, breakfasts, and daily refreshments.
Producers can register online at http://beef.tamu.edu or contact Cleere's office at 979-845-6931.