In 2009, the beef cattle industry in Louisiana had 602,450 beef cows with a reported 11,534 producers. Gross farm value from beef cattle declined from $343.3 million in 2008 to $329.2 million in 2009 (La. Ag Summary), making it the second-largest animal food industry and ranking as one of the top five agricultural industries overall in the state.
Because of the diversity and scope of agricultural production in Louisiana, the Master Farmer program has expanded to more effectively meet the needs of all agricultural producers in the state.
The Louisiana Master Cattle Producer program began in the summer of 2004. The course includes 10 three-hour lectures on all aspects of beef production. With this, producers are also asked to complete the first phase of Master Farmer and Beef Quality Assurance offered from the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association.
The Louisiana Master Cattle Producer program is looking to launch a new series of classes in fall 2010. County agents interested in hosting a Master Cattle Producer program should contact Karl Harborth. Producers should contact their local county agent.
This program is designed as a extension to the Master Farmer program. It is a commodity-specific program to enhance the profitability of beef producers by equipping them with important information on all aspects of beef production. The program will be provided statewide in various multi-parish areas, and participants will have two years to complete the programs and become certified. It will allow participants further integration into farm management/marketing components related to beef production. Upon completion of the Master Cattle Producer program, participants should be better able to increase farm profitability while being environmentally sustainable. Registration fee for the program is $100, which will cover teaching materials, a meal & refreshments during each session, certificates for graduates and a sign to display on the farm.To become a certified Louisiana Master Cattle Producer, one must complete the 30 hours of instruction, as well as Phase I of Louisiana Master Farmer Program (Environmental Stewardship Instruction) and Beef Quality Assurance Certification with the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association.
The Master Cattle Producer Program curriculum consists of 10 three-hour blocks including:
For more information, contact:
Karl Harborth, Assistant ProfessorSchool of Animal Science 230 J.B. Francioni Baton Rouge, LA 70803225-578-2416
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