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Beef Cattle Basics – Six Part Series – Begins April 12

Get a solid educational foundation for your cattle operation by attending Beef Cattle Basics.
Photo Credit: Mark Mauldin

Beef Cattle Basics is an educational series provided by UF/IFAS Extension, which has been designed to give new and experienced producers a solid educational foundation for their beef cattle enterprises. Beef Cattle Basics will address six topics that are essential to beef operations of any size:

  1. Forages – Variety Selection and Establishment Procedures

  2. Reproduction – Defining a Calving Season and Breeding Management Decisions

  3. Herd Health – Vaccinations, Parasite Control, Addressing Calving Problems

  4. Pasture Management – Soil fertility, Grazing Strategies, Weed Control

  5. Marketing – Product Options, Evaluating Your Product, Maximizing the Value of Your Product

  6. Nutrition – Understanding Nutritional Demands, Forage Evaluation, Supplementation Strategies

Each of the topics will be the subject of a classroom session and a field practicum. Classroom sessions will be the second Thursday of each month, April through September. The practicums will be the Saturday morning following each classroom session. The classroom sessions will be taught at the Washington County Agricultural Center in Chipley and broadcasted to two remote locations. The eastern location will alternate between Gulf and Calhoun Counties and the Western location will alternate between Walton and Okaloosa Counties. Classroom sessions will begin at 6:30pm central. Presentations will conclude by 8:00 pm, Q&A will follow for as long as needed. The exact times and locations for the practicums will vary month-to-month but they will always be the Saturday following a classroom session.

There is a $15/person registration fee for each session. Registration covers the classroom session and the practicum. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. To register call the Washington County Extension Office 850-638-6180 or use one of the Links below to register online. For questions, contact Mark Mauldin, mdm83@ufl.edu or 850-638-6180.

Beef Cattle Basics

Month Topic Classroom Dates Practicum Dates


Forages 4/12



Repro 5/10



Herd Health 6/14



Pasture Mgmt. 7/12



Marketing 8/9


September Nutrition 9/13



Author: Mark Mauldin - mdm83@ufl.edu

I am the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Washington County. My program areas include livestock and forage, row crops, and pond management.

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