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Beef Cattle Short Course

As a part of the TU Beef Cattle program, a series of beef cattle production workshops will be held. Collectively, the workshops will make up the TU Beef Cattle Program Short courses and be comprised of eight one to two hour sessions throughout the TU Cooperative Extension coverage area of the Alabama Black Belt. The sessions will take place in the counties indicated below.Contact the TUCEP extension agents in the respective counties for more information.NOTE:  Due to COVID-19, these monthly workshops will take place virtually via Zoom. 

REGISTER TODAY:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcO6uqzgsEtZIx2yEDK23XOsdKF8BiLvh
Please be advised that once you register for one session, you will automatically be registered for ALL of the sessions in the Beef Cattle Short Course.

Tuskegee University Beef Cattle Short Courses Descriptions

Nutrition

Feed represents the largest single cost of production in beef cow enterprise. Any savings in feed costs help improve the bottom-line. The basis of feeding beef cattle should be forage-based in the Southeastern states including Alabama because of ideal climatic conditions for year-round forage production. The forage-based beef cattle feeding system is the most sustainable practice. However, during the late summer and/or during the winter times when there is a hay shortage and at times of droughts, beef cattle producers have to feed their cows with supplemental feeds such as agricultural byproducts and commercial feeds. This workshop will discuss nutrient requirements of beef cattle such as energy, protein, minerals and vitamins for maintenance, lactation, growth and reproduction and sustainable methods of feeding beef cattle to meet their nutritional needs.

Animal Breeding (Selection)

Animal breeding uses information from several branches of genetics and statistics to evaluate the genetic merit of farm animals. Environmental conditions for beef and goat production often cannot be controlled as easily or economically as swine, dairy and poultry operations. In these situations, using animal breeding techniques to match the genetics to the production system is more efficient and economical than altering the production conditions. Methods of utilizing the genetic differences between individual animals as well as breed differences will be discussed in this workshop. 

Herd health (Antibiotic Resistance)

Herd Health is the animal-health practice of conducting plans and programs focusing of the health and production of herd animals. It is important for farmers for livestock to have constant health as much as possible. The following techniques are used by not limited for herd health:  weight determination, fecal sampling, hoof trimming, temperature determination, injections and blood collection. This workshop will discuss herd management, antibiotics resistance, identifying ill livestock, livestock examinations, herd health programs, etc.

Facilities/Fencing (Biosecurity)

It is important for any facilities housing livestock to have proper biosecurity procedures. This will minimize the transfer of pathogens from humans to livestock and vice versa. Proper fencing techniques are used to protect and confined livestock animals, such as using barriers to limit their movement. This workshop will discuss ideal thermal conditions, water vapor pressure, ventilation, space requirements, air quality, vermin control, sick/ dead animal, etc. 

Funding/ Resources

In the Black-Belt area, there are not many farms or farmers. With the few that currently exist, farmers do not have enough funding or resources to continue keep their property.  Many farmers and their family income are depended on crops and livestock. However, there are some organizations that can help fund some of these farmers. This workshop will discuss about the different organizations that farmers can receive funding: Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) for Pasture improvement Grants, USDA for grants and loans, etc.

Fresh Forages / Pasture Management

Proper pasture management is essential for livestock growth and production. Pasture management is the practice of growing health grass and forages. It provides different techniques for improving grass, forages, soil quality and quantity, and reducing price. This workshop will discuss about what effects pasture management, poor vs good pasture management, how to reduce operational cost, forage requirements, etc.

Storage forage / Varied

Many farmers with ruminant livestock need constant amount of forages. Different kinds of forages such as legumes, hay, and silage must be stored at a specific temperature for a certain amount of time. However, forages losses fermentation and respiration if they are dried too long. This could cost farmers a lot of money, especially since the nutrient will be depleted and will not be enough nutrients for the animals to consume. This workshop will discuss proper storage of forage procedures, the effects of overly dried forages, best forages for livestock, etc.

Profitability and Value-Added Practices

The most profitable livestock depends on the animals, pasture management, faculties, environment, food supply, air quality, animal health, and more. To become profitable, farmers must create strategies and conduct the best farm practices to promote their farms. In modern society, technology is advancing every day and its creating opportunities to best improve old farms and create new farms. This workshop will discuss what is value added, value added management, best farmers practices, value-added practices, etc.

Beef Cattle Short Course Flyer

Registration for the 2020-2021 Beef Cattle Short Course is NOW AVAILABLE! These workshops require registration; however, there is NO COST. Individuals are encouraged to spread the word. Download the announcement flyer for Beef Cattle Short Course HERE.

REGISTER TODAY:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcO6uqzgsEtZIx2yEDK23XOsdKF8BiLvh

Please be advised that once you register for one session, you will automatically be registered for ALL of the sessions in the Beef Cattle Short Course.Paper applications may to requested by contacting Ebony Rush at 334-552-0727.

Beef Cattle Short Course Registration

Registration for the 2020-2021 Beef Cattle Short Course is NOW AVAILABLE! These workshops require registration; however, there is NO COST.

REGISTER TODAY:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcO6uqzgsEtZIx2yEDK23XOsdKF8BiLvh

Please be advised that once you register for one session, you will automatically be registered for ALL of the sessions in the Beef Cattle Short Course.Paper applications may to requested by contacting Ebony Rush at 334-552-0727.

Beef Cattle Short Course More Infromation Contacts

For more information about the Beef Cattle Short Course and other programming, please contact one of our county agents. 

Barbour/Bullock Counties:  Terence Jackson 334-727-1320 Email: tjackson2@tuskegee.edu 

Dallas/Perry Counties:  Alphonso Elliott 334-875-3202 Email: aelliott@tuskegee.edu

Greene/Hale Counties:  George Hunter 334-548-2535 Email: ghunter@tuskegee.edu

Lowndes/Wilcox Counties:  George Hunter 334-548-2535 Email: ghunter@tuskegee.edu

Macon/Montgomery Counties:  Terence Jackson 334-727-1320 Email: tjackson2@tuskegee.edu

Marengo/Sumter Counties:   George Hunter 334-548-2535 Email: ghunter@tuskegee.edu

Sumter/ Marengo County: George Hunter 334-548-2535 Email: ghunter@tuskegee.edu