Producers interested in learning more about grass-fed beef as well as potential marketing opportunities will receive in-depth instruction at a May 31-June 1 conference at Texas A&M University in College Station. “This is a comprehensive program covering all aspects of grass-fed beef production,” said Dr. Ron Gill, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in College Station and conference instructor. “We will discuss cattle types best suited for grass-fed beef options as well as sustainable production systems. There will also be information and demonstrations presented on carcass fabrication and determining beef cutout value. Topics to be discussed include: Understanding niche markets: What really constitutes natural, grass-fed and organic beef production; Forage-based nutrition for cattle: The fundamentals of growing forage in Texas; Bridging nutritional gaps in Texas due to deficiencies in forage quality or quantity; Managing pastures for improved cattle performance; Cattle types suited for grass-fed beef; Preventative herd health: Managing the health of cattle targeted for niche markets; Carcass fabrication … a demonstration; Consumers and their expectations and A Taste of Texas Beef: Marketing a unique product.
Registration is $250 through April 15 and $275 after. To register online, visit https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter keyword “grassfed” or call 979-845-2604.