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In 2017, the beef cattle industry in Louisiana included 559,502 beef cows, with a reported 11,543 producers. Gross farm value from beef cattle decreased from $427 million in 2016 to $412.2 million in 2017 (LA Ag Summary), ranking second behind poultry at $904.8 million. Collectively, all animal enterprises reported a gross farm value of $1.73 billion that contributed to the state’s economy.
In 2004, the Louisiana Master Cattleman Program was developed to help beef cattle and forage producers enhance their production and profitability through a 10 week, educational curriculum-based program. Participants must complete 30 hours, which includes 10 three-hour blocks of instruction, to become a certified Louisiana Master Cattleman. Registration fees of $125 are charged and include teaching materials, meals, a certificate of completion, and a certified LA Master Cattleman sign to be awarded at the end of the program. In addition, as part of the curriculum, participants will also receive National Beef Quality Assurance certification.
The core curriculum is divided into 10 beef cattle and forage topics.These are presented by experts from the LSU AgCenter and other agencies within those disciplines: