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Producers new to the cattle business should attend Alabama Extension’s new Beef Systems Short Course.   The short course is a multi-night lecture series covering the fundamentals of beef production and is geared for new and limited experience producers.

Producers can take the course at different locations around the state.  These are regional meetings and producers should select the location and dates most convenient for them.

Over four nights, producers will learn critical information on profitable beef production.  The Wiregrass sessions scheduled for October in Headland will be a two day series on consecutive Saturdays.

There is a $40 registration fee, and all participants will receive a copy of Extension’s recently updated Alabama Beef Handbook.

Alabama Extension animal scientists developed a concentrated curriculum that is most vital for new cattle producers to master. The course will be taught by Extension regional animal science agent.

Topics Covered

  • Forages and Nutrition
  • Herd Health and Reproduction
  • Record Keeping and Environmental Stewardship
  • Economics and Meat Science

Session Locations

  • Chilton County
  • Dekalb County
  • Franklin County
    • Date and Time: September 24, September 26, October 1, and October 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Location: A.W. Todd Center, Russellville
    • Contact: Paul Vining, Extension regional animal science agent, at tpv0001@aces.edu or (256) 214-9630
    • Learn more.
  • Blount County
  • Henry County
    • Dates: Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 from 8 a..m. to 2 p.m. (NOTE: This session is a two day series on consecutive Saturdays.)
    • Location:Wiregrass Research & Extension Center, Headland
    • Contact: Rickey Hudson, Extension regional animal science agent, at hudsorg@aces.edu or at (334) 693-2010
    • Learn more.
  • Tallapoosa County
    • Dates: October 15, October 22, October 29 and November 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Location: Tallapoosa County Extension office, Dadeville
    • Contact: Alex Tigue, Extension regional animal science agent, at dat0002@auburn.edu or (256) 309-9496
    • Learn more.
  • Mobile County


The Beef Systems Short Course equips beginning livestock producers with the skills needed to manage a beef operation effectively.

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