Educational Courses

Maryland Beef Producer's Educational Courses

The University of Maryland Department of Animal Science in partnership with University of Maryland Extension has designed these 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, these short courses will have something for all. 

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

 

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Series III: Pasture Development and Management

 

Series III: Good pastures are important part to a successful beef operation. This one day workshop will cover various aspects of good pasture development and management in both a classroom style and hands-on outdoor environment. Participants are encouraged to bring fresh plants (weeds, forages, etc) that they need help identifying, as well as forage and soil analysis reports that they need help interpreting. This program is supported by the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland, through an endowment from the Jorgensen Family Foundation.

More Information on Series III

** Series III Short Course is postponed, more information to come. **

This course has been approved for 4 Nutrient Management and 4 Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits

Topics covered: Soil fertility, setting up a pasture system, common forages, weeds and weed management, extending the grazing season - using annuals and cover crops, matching forages with animal nutrition, cost-share programs.

Educational resources will include: All presentations and handouts as well as producer resources.

To participate in the Maryland Beef Producer's Short-Course Series III - Cost $35, the workshop is open to the first 30 registrations. 

Register Online, TBD

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

Beef Series III Flyer, TBD

Dates & Locations

Region Date Time Location

Western MD

TBD

8:45am-3:30pm

Washington County Ext Office

7303 Sharpsburg Pike

Boonsboro, MD 21713

Southern MD

TBD

8:45am-3:30pm

St. Mary's County Ext Office

26737 Radio Station Way

Leonardtown, MD 20650

Eastern Shore

TBD

8:45am-3:30pm

Wye Angus

2016 Carmichael Rd

Queenstown, MD 21658

Northern MD

TBD

8:45am-3:30pm

Harford County Ext Office

3525 Conowingo Rd

Street, MD 21154

Agenda

Time Topic
8:45-9:00am Registration and Refreshments – Welcome
9:00-9:30am

Soil Fertility and Management:

Good Pastures Start with the Soil

Andrew Kness, UMD Extension-Harford County

9:30-10:00am

Setting up a Pasture System:

How to set up a System that works for your Farm

Racheal Slattery, UMD Dept. of Animal Sciences

10:00-10:30am

Not all Forages are the Same:

Common Forages and their Adaptability and Utility in a Pasture System

Dr. Amanda Grev, UMD Extension-WMREC

10:30-10:40am Break
10:40-11:10am

Principals of Weed Management:

Weed ID and Management in Pastures

11:10-11:40am

Extending the Grazing Season:

Using Summer Crops and Annuals

Jeff Semler, UMD Extension-Washington County

11:40-12:10pm

Matching Forages with Cattle Nutrition

Dr. Sarah Potts, UMD Extension-WMREC

12:10-12:30pm

Financial Assistance:

Cost-share Programs for Cattle Producers

NRCS

12:30-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-1:30pm

Soil Health (Hands-on)

Andrew Kness and Jeff Semler

1:30-3:00pm

Pasture Assessment and Grazing Management with in Field Plant Identification (Hands-on)

Dr. Amanda Grev, Jeff Semler

3:00-3:30pm

Wrap-up and Questions:

Including participant samples for plant ID and soil or forage report analysis interpretation.

 

Series I: Basic Beef Cattle Production

 

Series I: This two-day introductory workshop covers many areas of the beef cattle industry in both a classroom and hands-on environment. The experience is designed as an introduction course for beginners, as well as a refresher for more experienced cattle producers.

Series I - To Be Determined

More Information on Series I

Topic areas that will be covered include: Determining Daily Operating Costs and Budgets, Understanding EPD's, Animal Health and the Veterinary Feed Directive, Body Condition Scoring, Nutrition, Forage Sampling and Storage, Pasture Management and Paddock Development.

Series II: Beef Cattle Reproduction

 

Series II: Reproductive efficiency has long been recognized as the most important aspect of commercial beef production. This one-day session will assist producers in improving their herd management and selection for reproductive performance which could significantly improve profit potential.

Series II will NOT be offered again until 2021

More Information on Series II

Topic areas that will be covered include: Beef Genetics, Choosing the right bull for your program, Reproduction, Synchronization Protocols and Artificial Insemination, Calving.