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Lots of topics on schedule for the 68th Annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

published: July 11th 2022
by: Martha A Hollida

 

 

There will be no shortage of topics at this year’s annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course  (TAMBCSC) as ranchers face a lingering drought, record high input costs, rising inflation, herd reductions and an adjusting market.

 

The event, which will be the 68th annual, will be held Aug. 1-3rd on the campus of Texas A&M University, Bryan-College Station, Texas. It will follow the very successful format of years past, with over 20 concurrent sessions on all aspects of beef cattle production, a general session that addresses industry wide topics and interactive demonstrations and hands-on experiences. The TAMBCSC is recognized as the largest beef cattle conference in the nation and one of the best in terms of quality of education and presenters.

 

“We are once again looking forward to holding the event in person and we will offer a virtual option for those who would like to attend that way,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, director and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist.

 

The concurrent educational classroom style programs will cover a lot of production practices, including nutrition, reproduction, animal health, research, landowner issues and forage management. In addition, there are two sessions that cover ranching basics and are designed for new ranchers, while there are other sessions geared to cow-calf and stocker operators, as well as the seedstock producer.

 

 

The general session, which is held the afternoon of the first day, will once again focus on industry wide issues and concerns. Kristin Marshall, a first time speaker at TAMBSCS will provide insight into the market trends for cattle and select commodities and provide risk management strategies. Marshall is currently a broker and research analyst with New Frontier Capital Markets and grew up on her family’s ranch in central Texas.

 

Brian Bledsoe, an agricultural weather expert and columnist for Southern Livestock Standard will discuss the drought, the long term weather trends and provide context for decision making in months ahead.

 

Dr. Ron Gill, Texas A&M professor and Extension livestock specialist and associate department head for Extension, will moderate a panel to conclude the general session. The panel members will include three beef producers who operate ranches of varying sizes from small to large. These producers will discuss their practices and how they are adjusting to the current economic climate in agriculture. Attendees will be able to text in questions for the panel, also.

 

“The short course places strong emphasis on providing sessions that fit across the beef cattle production spectrum and to the level of experience of our attendees. This panel will emphasize our efforts to be helpful to all, regardless of cow numbers,“ described Cleere.

 

 

The final day of the three day event will include a number of interactive demonstrations and hands-on experiences in the areas of fence building, managing brush, cattle handilng, working cattle chute side, and a number of reproductive management practices.

 

A number of pesticide and veterinarian CEU’s are available to attendees, also.

 

There is a session on Sunday, prior to the kickoff of TAMBCSC on Monday a.m., for horse owners. This will be held at the Thomas G. Hilderbrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex and will address a wide range of topics to help ranchers keep their horses healthy and available for ranch work. This session is part of the TAMBSCS registration or it can be attended as a stand-alone session for $50.

 

The short course continues to grow in popularity and acclaim, as it provides a number of ways for networking. Ranchers will once again be able to visit over 120 booths in the trade show and visit with representatives from breed associations, animal health segment, reproductive services, feed and mineral companies, marketing companies and ranch equipment dealers.

 

Other networking avenues include a breakfast for beef producers who are veterans. This is now in its seventh year and continues to grow. The famous Texas Aggie Prime Rib Dinner will highlight the end of the first day’s program and is always one of the highlights of each year’s event. Cleere shared that the dinner showcases the culinary skills of the Texas A&M Meats Department and features Nolan Ryan Beef.

 

Registration information, details and in-depth schedule can be found online at www.beefcattleshortcourse.com The cost is $240 for in-person attendance and $160 for online. The prices go up after July 27. To register, do so online or call 979/845-6931 for more information. There is a special rate for youth and for information and to enroll a youth, please call.

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