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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – It’s time to get back to beef basics. Every new cattle farmer has questions about the production of beef cattle. Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Beef Systems Short Course has all the answers.

Designed for New Producers

Since 2019, this multi-night lecture series has welcomed more than 200 participants. This total represents approximately 28,544 acres of production land, 14,212 cattle and an economic impact of $537,970.

During a four-session course, new beef farmers will learn critical information on profiting from beef production. Producers are encouraged to select the location and dates most convenient for them.

“This course will answer the questions that beef cattle producers may have,” said Rickey Hudson, an Alabama Extension animal sciences and forages regional agent. “It is invaluable to have proper, science-based knowledge when starting a beef cattle operation.”

There is a $40 registration fee, and all participants will receive a copy of the Alabama Extension publication Alabama Beef Handbook. As a bonus, each enrollee will automatically enter to win a gas gift card to offset their attendance costs.

A Concentrated Curriculum

An array of focused topics are taught by Alabama Extension animal science and forages regional agents. A sampling of the course subjects are listed below.

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

Getting Off on the Right Hoof

For any aspiring farmer, credible, science-based information is vital. The Beef Systems Short Course is an informative, low-cost resource that can pay dividends to a beef cattle farmer.

According to survey data, approximately 67 percent of participants indicated they intend to adopt one or more of the curriculum’s management practices.

More Information

Programs such as the Beef Systems Short Course provides a return on investment for new beef cattle producers. The value of advice from experts is priceless. For more information on beef cattle production, visit the Alabama Extension website at www.aces.edu.

To enroll in this short course, view the Extension calendar below to see which events are coming soon to a location near you.