College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Maryland Beef Producer's Short-Course

Maryland Beef Producer's Short-Course

Series I

The University of Maryland Department of Animal Science in partnership with University of Maryland Extension has designed this short-course to provide producers educational information and hands-on training in several areas of beef production. Whether you're just thinking of starting your own beef production operation or have been in the industry for years, this short-course will have something for all.

Topic areas that will be covered include: determining daily operating costs, understanding EPD's, Veterinary Feed Directive, body condition scoring, forage sampling and storage, nutrient management, pasture and paddock development as well as many others.

Educational resources will include: body condition score guides, determining your unit cost of production, budget workbooks (cowherd system and purchased cows), estrus sync planner, grazing and hay records spreadsheets.

To participate in the Maryland Beef Producer's Short-Course, please submit a completed application and registration fee of $75 by September 7, 2018. All educational materials, meals (dinner and lunch), and breaks are included. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants, and applicants will be notified of their status no later than September 12, 2018.

Please contact Racheal Slattery, Beef and Dairy Coordinator at 301-405-1392 or via email rslatt@umd.edu with any questions or concerns.

Short-Course Application

Series I Dates

LocationDateApplication Deadline
Southern Maryland - St. Mary's CountyJune 8-9, 2018June 1, 2018
Eastern Shore - Queen Anne County -Wye AngusSeptember 14-15, 2018September 7, 2018
Western Maryland - Washington County - WMRECNovember 2-3, 2018October 30, 2018
Northeast Maryland - Baltimore CountyJanuary 25-26, 2019January 14, 2019

 Short-Course Application

Agenda

Day 1: Classroom:

Western Maryland Research & Education Center (WMREC) - 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD 21756

  • 12:45 - 1:00pm - Welcome - Introductions
  • 1:00 – 1:55pm  Economics 
  • 5 minute Break
  • 2:00 – 2:30pm – Animal Health 
  • 2:30 - 2:50pm – Body Condition Scoring 
  • 5 Minute Break
  • 2:55 – 3:45pm – Reproduction 
  • 3:45 - 4:30pm – Genetics and EPD's 
  • 5 Minute Break
  • 4:35 - 5:05pm - Pasture Management
  • 5:05 - 6:00pm – Nutrition
  • 6:00 - 6:30pm – Day 1 Wrap Up, Reminders for Day 2
  • 6:30 - 8:00pm – Dinner 

Day 2: On-Farm Demonstrations and Hands-on Training - Fairplay, MD

  • 9:00 - 9:15am  - Welcome 
  • 9:15 - 9:45am – Animal Health – Chute Side
  • 9:45 - 10:50am – Body Condition Scoring - Chute Side
  • 10 Minute Break
  • 11:00 - 12:00pm – Facilities Development/Management - Farm Tour
  • 12:00 - 12:30pm - Lunch
  • 12:30 - 1:15pm – Hay and Pasture Management – Field Tours (Weather Permitting)
  • 1:15 - 1:30pm - Shortcourse Wrap-Up, Questions

 Beef Shortcourse Flyer

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