The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Bexar County will offer an online Back to the Basics Beef Cattle Series from April through October.

 photo of a small herd of beef cattle
The online Back to the Basics Beef Cattle Series will offer classes from April to October. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo)

Classes in the series, hosted by Bexar Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, will be presented via Microsoft Teams from noon-2 p.m. on the designated date.

“While these classes are focused on beef cattle production in South Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast, anyone involved or interested in beef cattle production can participate,” said Sam Womble, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent, Bexar County.   

Scheduled dates for series classes are April 20, May 18, June 22, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19.

The cost is $15 per class or $45 for the entire series. Checks should be made payable to Bexar Ag/NR Committee and mailed to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 212, San Antonio, TX 78230.

Once registered, a link for the upcoming class will be provided. An RSVP for each class is required and attendees should RSVP to Chris Lambert at [email protected].

“This series will not offer any Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education credits,” Womble said. “However, the series will provide practical and useful information topics cattle producers will be able to apply to their own operations.”

Topics and AgriLife Extension presenters for series classes will be:

April 20 — Understanding Beef Cattle Nutrition – What Do Cattle Eat and Why? Joe Paschal, Ph.D., livestock specialist, Corpus Christi.
— Herd Health – What Should I Do and When? Tom Hairgrove, Ph.D., veterinarian, Bryan-College Station.

May 18
— Do’s and Don’ts of Utilizing Forages in a Grazing System, Jason Banta, Ph.D., beef cattle specialist, Overton.
— Understanding Carrying Capacity and Stocking Rates, Bob Lyons, Ph.D., range specialist, Uvalde.

June 22 — Managing Input Costs – Where is My Money Going? Stan Bevers, Ph.D., retired economist, Vernon, practitioner in ranch economics at the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management.
— What Is My Cost of Production – How Do I Know If I’m Profitable? Bevers.

Sept. 21 — Winter Supplementation – Understanding My Options and How To Use Them, Jason Banta, Ph.D., beef cattle specialist, Overton.
— Stockpiling Grass Vs. Feeding Hay, Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Ph.D., forage specialist, Overton.

Oct. 19                                                                                                                             — Marketing Calves and Cull Cows – Why Timing Is Important, David Anderson, Ph.D., economist, Bryan-College Station.  
— What Records Should I Be Keeping? Rick Machen, Ph.D., former livestock specialist, Uvalde, and Paul C. Genho Endowed Chair in Ranch Management for the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management.

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