David Morrison, Merrill, Thomas A. | 4/25/2005 11:06:35 PM
The LSU AgCenter will formally kick off a new educational program for beef cattle producers later this month.
A brief introduction and the first sessions of what is known as the Master Cattle Producer Program will be offered Jan. 23 during the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show in Lafayette.
“The Master Cattle Producer Program is a commodity-specific program that will focus on how cattle producers can increase their profitability,” said Dr. David Morrison, an assistant vice chancellor in the LSU AgCenter. “To be certified as Master Cattle Producers, they’ll still take the environmental stewardship portion of our Master Farmer Program, but then they’ll move to more commodity-specific educational sessions related to beef cattle production.”
The LSU AgCenter’s Master Farmer Program is a pioneering effort in which agricultural producers are taught about producing agricultural commodities in an environmentally friendly manner while also applying resource-management skills that help them increase their incomes.
To kick off the Master Cattle Producer Program at the meeting in Lafayette, Morrison will provide an overview of the program at 9 a.m. Jan. 23. Then Morrison and LSU AgCenter professor Danny Coombs will offer cattle producers an opportunity to participate in either the nutrition or the reproduction section of the overall educational program from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Other commodity-specific educational sessions – 10 in all – that are part of the Master Cattle Producer Program cover such topics as animal health/biosecurity, breeding/selection, animal handling/beef quality assurance, pasture management, financial management/marketing and the end product.
The Master Cattle Producer curriculum was developed by faculty from the LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
“Participating in the Master Cattle Producer Program probably is the only opportunity most producers have for a brief and comprehensive course on beef cattle production,” Morrison said.
There is no additional charge for Cattlemen’s Association convention registrants to participate in the introductory educational sessions being offered in Lafayette.