UF/IFAS Extension is excited to announce the inaugural Panhandle Cattlemen’s College will be hosted on October 26-28, 2022 at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), near Marianna, Florida. The program will feature three tracks that will allow producers of all skill levels and experience to come together and learn in a hands-on environment. For more details including the agenda visit the website: Panhandle Cattlemen’s College

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Three Program Tracks:

Beef Quality Assurance Training

A BQA certification will be offered as a stand-alone program on the morning of Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Completing this program will result in BQA certification. Producers can only attend the BQA training, without attending the other tracks.  A steak lunch will be sponsored by Josh Churchwell with Merck Animal Health following the training. Preregistration is required and the cost of the certification is $40, with the lunch and refreshments being included.

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Artificial Insemination Course

Applied hands-on course that will train participants in all aspects of A.I. and estrous synchronization. Each day we will spend time in cows, practicing the chute-side A.I. techniques, as well as focusing on other management practices. Each day will include hands-on training in live cows. This course will end with the opportunity for participants to receive a certificate of certification as an A.I. technician. The cost is $350 and will include meals and refreshments. BQA certification is included in registration fee for this course.

Applied Beef Cattle Skills

This chute side practicum will focus on basic cattle production skills that will enhance your ability to manage your herd. An array of basic skills will be covered that will include cattle handling, pulling calves, tubing calves, tagging, castration, dehorning, giving injections, implanting and more. This course is designed for participants who are looking to expand their knowledge of applied management practices and will leave having had the opportunity practice these skills on live cattle. The cost is $250 and will include meals and refreshments. BQA certification is included in registration fee for this course.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. There are 12 seats for the A.I. course, 20 spots for the Applied Beef Cattle Skills, with unlimited seats for the BQA training. Registration can be completed online (pay by card) for a fee, or without a fee (pay by check) at the NFREC in Marianna, Holmes or Walton County Extension Offices. For more information call Kalyn Waters at 850-547-1108.

Register for Panhandle Cattlemen’s College

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This program is made possible by a team of agents and staff in the Northwest District including Kalyn Waters, Dr. Angela Gonella, Nick Simmons, Kasey Aukema and Daniella Heredia.  Our key sponsors for this program are Logan Chappell with Farm Credit of Northwest Florida, Randy Davis and Brad Carter with QLF, and Josh Churchwell with Merck Animal Health.

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