UF/IFAS Extension is excited to announce the second annual Panhandle Cattlemen’s College will be hosted on October 25-27, 2023 at the NFREC Beef Unit, 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.

The three program tracks will be:

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training

A BQA certification will be offered as a stand-alone program on the morning of Wednesday, October 25, 2023. Completing this program will result in BQA certification. Producers can choose to only attend the BQA training, without attending the other tracks.


Artificial Insemination (A.I.) Course

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

Applied Beef Cattle Skills

A 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 spots in the A.I. course, 15 spots for the Applied Beef Cattle Skills, and 200 seats available for the BQA training. Registration can be completed online for a fee, or without a fee at the NFREC in Marianna, Holmes, or Walton County Extension Offices. For more information, call Kalyn Waters at 850-547-1108.

All registration and details can be found at: https://www.panhandleagconnection.com/pcc

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 Castaneda.

Our key sponsors for this program are Farm Credit of Northwest Florida, Quality Liquid Feeds (QLF), and Merck Animal Health. If you are interested in becoming a partnering sponsor for this event, please contact Kalyn Waters at 850-547-1108.

Kalyn Waters