Agriculture News: Master Cattlemen’s Program to be offered in October, November

By Keenan Bishop Published:

It’s been several years since we’ve offered the UK Master Cattlemen’s Program here for the county so it’s probably time to do it again. This is a wonderful opportunity to brush up on your livestock skills or even just start finding out about cattle production.

The program consists of 10 four-hour sessions on aspects of beef production.  The objective is to enhance the profitability of Kentucky’s beef operations and the quality of our beef cattle.

There is a cost for this program to cover meals and supplies but we’ve not determined it yet, historically it’s been between $50 and $150. The sessions will probably all be in Fayette County, which is central for our area. There are also optional hands-on field days held at the University of Kentucky Research Farm in Versailles that cover a broad range of topics from health practices to reproduction.

To complete Master Cattleman, a producer must attend at least eight of the 10 sessions and hold a current Beef Quality Assurance certification. Upon successful completion, graduates will be recognized at the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention and receive a custom Master Cattleman farm gate sign.

The 10 evening sessions cover: End Product, Environmental Stewardship and Industry Awareness, Facilities and Animal Behavior, Forages, Genetics, Herd Health, Management Skills, Marketing and Profitability, Nutrition and Reproduction. You receive a notebook full of handouts and publications.

One session will probably be at the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Lab in Lexington. The sessions are scheduled for Tuesdays in October and November. Class size is limited so call the office at 695-9035 as soon as you know you want to attend.

2012 WOODLAND OWNERS SHORT COURSE IS SATURDAY

Register now by calling the office at 695-5203. The session costs $20 and couples can attend for $30. Registration is $10 extra the day of the program to encourage you to sign up early, which allows us to better plan for food and materials.

Your registration includes a lunch at Cedarmore, clipboard, resource CD, and educational programs from some of the best forestry and natural resource experts in Kentucky. Pick up your program and registration here at the office or visit the website at ca.uky.edu/forestryextension/WOSC.php to view online.

Two concurrent tracks, Gold and Green, target either the seasoned woodland owner or those who are just beginning. Landowners who might just have acquired woodlands or who are beginning to think about management and wondering what their options are should enroll in the Green Track, while more experienced woodland managers can register in the Gold Track.

There will be exhibits and tabletop displays from WOSC partners with additional handouts. We will be inside (classroom) and outside (in the woods and fields) during the day. Some programs will occur in a “woodland setting” so participants should be prepared to meet Mother Nature on her own terms.

Some walking will be required, but we have done our best to keep it to a minimum. The programs will occur “rain or shine” and will only be cancelled for severe weather.

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