AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – For interested Alabama cattle producers, this year’s Sand Mountain Elite Heifer Development Program still has a few spots open. The program, now in its fifth year, develops top-quality heifers for producers to introduce back into existing herds.
About the Program
Cattle producers often do not have the land resources available to develop their own replacements. This program allows them to send their heifers to the Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center for development and breeding to proven calving-ease sires. After six months, the heifers return to the owner, safe in-calf. Consignors should see genetic improvement and hopefully strengthen the maternal traits of their cow herd.
Kent Stanford, an Alabama Extension specialist, said this program is a wonderful opportunity for cattle producers
“Participants will gain an understanding of proper heifer development on winter-annual forages, from weaning through breeding,” Stanford said. “Our goal is to show producers that this can be accomplished on their own through timely, practical management.”
To learn more about the program and the nomination process, visit the Sand Mountain Elite Heifer Development Program website page. For additional information, contact Stanford at 256-557-1206 or Landon Marks, an Alabama Extension animal science regional agent, at 256-706-0032.