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Annual beef cattle short course draws large crowd

Annual beef cattle short course draws large crowd

Story by Beverly Moseley

More than 1,400 people recently attended one of the largest cattle industry educational events in the nation - the 57th Annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station, Texas.
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) participated in the annual event which draws beef producers from across Texas, the U.S. and internationally.

NRCS speakers presented during the two-day forage management workshop which focused on resource and management strategies. Kent Ferguson, NRCS rangeland management specialist and Claude Ross, NRCS state program manager, presented information on conservation planning and practices, along with Farm Bill programs.

�The beef cattle short course was a tremendous opportunity for producers to learn how NRCS can assist with a conservation plan to help them avoid disaster during a drought,� Ferguson said. �Producers were very interested in learning what is available from NRCS and what they can do to prepare for the next onslaught of dry weather.�

Over the two-day workshop, more than 600 people were present during Ferguson and Ross� presentations. Texas AgriLife Extension specialists spoke on topics ranging from strategies for dealing with drought to forage and pasture options for wintering cattle.

Other session topics throughout the beef cattle short course included beef cattle nutrition, reproduction, genetics, along with cattle marketing. Sessions also covered wildlife and range management and brush control.

NRCS participated in the tradeshow which had upwards of 120 exhibitors. A steady flow of attendees visited with NRCS personnel about conservation planning and practices. Web Soil Survey also was demonstrated at the boot

More than 1,400 people attended this year�s 57th Annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course held recently at Texas A&M University in College Station. Capacity crowds attended the forage management two-day workshops. NRCS participated in the beef cattle short course tradeshow which had 120 exhibitors. A steady flow of attendees visited with NRCS personnel about conservation planning and practices.

More than 1,400 people attended this year�s 57th Annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course held recently at Texas A&M University in College Station. Capacity crowds attended the forage management two-day workshops.

NRCS participated in the beef cattle short course tradeshow which had 120 exhibitors. A steady flow of attendees visited with NRCS personnel about conservation planning and practices.