Annual A&M beef cattle short course August 2-4

The 56th annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is scheduled Aug. 2–4 at Texas A&M University in College Station.

A wet spring and a historic rebound in cattle prices have spurred optimism among ranchers across Texas. However, a fairly dry April has some beef producers concerned that they are heading into another drought, said Dr. Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator.

“The long-term cattle market outlook and preparing for the next drought are just two of the many topics that will be discussed in the 21 different cattleman’s college sessions at the short course,” Cleere said.

The cattleman’s college portion of the three-day short course provides participants with an opportunity to choose workshops based on their level of production experience and the needs of their ranch, he said.

“These concurrent workshops will feature information on ranch management, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, pastures, carcass evaluation, record keeping, brush busting, cattle handling, landowner issues and much more,” he said.

Registration is $140 per person and includes educational materials, a copy of the 600-page Beef Cattle Short Course proceedings, trade show admittance, admission to the prime rib dinner, lunches and daily refreshments. More information can be found at or at Cleere’s office, 979-845-6931.

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