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The Master Cattleman Program, introduced in 2004, is a commodity-specific program to enhance the profitability of beef producers by equipping them with important beef cattle best management practices. It also allows participants further integration into farm management/marketing components related to beef production.

What does it mean to be a Louisiana Master Cattleman?

  • Knowledge of sustainable practices in production, business management, marketing, and herd health
  • Successfully completed the curriculum for the Louisiana Master Cattleman program
  • Demonstrated comprehension as evidenced by passing quizzes associated with each area

What do I get for participating?

  • Information/education
  • Louisiana Master Cattleman curriculum
  • Master Cattleman farm gate sign
  • Beef Quality Assurance certification
  • Master Cattleman certificate

Program Requirements

To be certified as a Master Cattleman, producers must complete a minimum of 30 hours of instruction from the Master Cattleman curriculum. The core curriculum consists of 3 hours from each of these disciplines:

  • Animal Health
  • Nutrition
  • Reproduction
  • Breeding & Selection
  • Animal Handling
  • Beef Quality Assurance
  • Pasture Agronomy
  • Weed Management
  • Economics & Marketing
  • End Product

What does it cost?

The base cost of the program is $125.

Contacts for details in your region of Louisiana

Northwest - Lee Faulk - 318-927-3110
Northeast - Jason Holmes - 318-368-2999
Central - Vince Deshotel - 337-948-0561
Southwest - Guillermo Scaglia - 337-276-5527
Southeast - Kenny Sharpe - 225-686-3020

Classes are hosted around the state by local LSU AgCenter extension agents and livestock regional coordinators. Information for each region is listed below, with currently scheduled class information and registration forms for each. All producers are invited to participate, regardless of location. This list will be updated as new classes are scheduled and dates and times confirmed.

Northwest03/04/19-05/06/19Winn Parish (Extension Office, 119 W Main St, Winnfield, LA)Lee Faulk318-927-2578See registration form2019 NW Master Cattleman Flyer Registration Form
Northeast03/4/19-05/13/19Jena, LA - LaSalle Parish CourthouseJason Holmes318-368-9935See registration form2019 Jena Master Cattleman Reg Form
2019 Jena Master Cattleman Syllabus
Central08/1/19-10/2/19Avoyelles Parish (Extension Office, 8592 Hwy 1, Mansura, LA)Vince Deshotel337-948-0561See registration form2019 Central Region MCP Registration Form
2019 Central Region Master Cattleman Letter

SouthwestFall 2019 (TBD)

Acadiana parishes

Stan Dutile/Andrew Granger


Southeast03/05/19-05/07/19Tangipahoa Parish (Extension Office, 305 East Oak Street, Amite, LA)Dr. Gary Hay985-748-5462See registration form2019 Florida Parishes MCP Application

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