UNL Extension Offers Mid-Plains BEEF Practicum


University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension's Mid-Plains BEEF Educational Series begins in June at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.

The series will draw on the expertise of extension educators and specialists from across Nebraska to share their beef cattle expertise with participants.

The program is designed for producers, veterinarians, college students or others involved in the beef industry. Participants will learn more about the systems approach to beef cattle production through these multi-session, hands-on learning experiences in beef production, economics and forage management.

The multi-session program begins June 13 and continues Nov. 29 and Jan. 31, 2013. Participants may choose to attend one or all three sessions.

The theme for the 2012-2013 year is cattle herd health. Participants will learn about the management of diseases, insect control, pesticide toxicity, low stress weaning, pre-conditioning and vaccination protocols, pregnancy checking, ultrasound, body condition scoring and how it relates to production and economics, preparation for calving and dealing with calving difficulty and more.

Additionally, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) principles will be taught and demonstrated at each session. Producers can become BQA certified if they attend all three sessions. All of these components are part of a systems approach with a connection between production, economics and forage management, and its important relationship to the production system.

Registration for the June 13 program is requested by June 6, registration for the Nov. 29 program is requested by Nov. 21 and registration for the Jan. 31, 2013 program is requested Jan. 24.

Registration is $60 per session or $160 for all three sessions, which covers educational materials, noon meals and breaks. Producers interested in BQA certification will incur a $20 certification fee.

The Mid-Plains BEEF Educational Series is an effort by a team of southeastern Nebraska Extension educators.

To register or obtain more information, contact them at: Lindsay Chichester, Richardson County, 402-245-4324; Sara Ellicott, Saunders County, 402-624-8030; Jessica Jones, Johnson County, 402-335-3669; Darci McGee, Nuckolls/Thayer Counties, 402-768-7212 or 402-225-2381; Monte Stauffer, Douglas/Sarpy counties, 402-444-7804; or Steve Tonn, Washington County, 402-426-9455.

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