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Producers new to the cattle business should attend the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Beef Systems Short Course. This multi-night lecture series is geared toward new and limited-experience producers and covers the fundamentals of beef production. Over four nights, producers will learn critical information on profitable beef production.

Producers can take the course at different regional meeting locations across the state. Producers should select the location and dates most convenient for them. There is a $40 registration fee, and all participants will receive a copy of the Alabama Extension publication Alabama Beef Handbook. Participants at each program will be automatically entered to win a gas gift card to offset their attendance costs.

Since 2019…

276 graduates, representing 40,229 acres and 20,292 cattle | An economic impact of $762,290 |

Program satisfaction rate of 4.7 out of 5 | 75% of participants plan to adopt one of more of the management practices discussed

48% of participants indicated this was their first time attending an Extension program

Topics Covered

Alabama Extension animal scientists developed a concentrated curriculum that is most vital for new cattle producers to master. The course is taught by Extension animal science and forages regional agents. Topics covered in the course include the following:

  • Forages
  • Nutrition
  • Herd health
  • Reproduction
  • Record keeping
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Economics
  • Meat science

Session Locations

The Beef Systems Short Course equips beginning livestock producers with the skills needed to manage a beef operation effectively. Find session dates and locations below.


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