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 with any questions or concerns.


Sign up to receive information about future classes and workshops:

Beef Extension mailing list

Series I: Fundamentals of 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 - This Series will be returning in May & June 2022

Register online today!

Contact Racheal Slattery, Beef and Dairy Extension, at 301-405-1392 or via email to register by mail/check.

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.

To participate in the Maryland Beef Producer's Short-Course Series I - Cost $75, the workshop is open to the first 40 registrations. 

Please contact Racheal Slattery, Beef and Dairy Extension at 301-405-1392 or via email with any questions or concerns.

Beef Series I Flyer

Dates & Locations

Region Date Time Location

Eastern Shore MD

May 13-14, 2022

May 13: 10am-4pm
May 14: 9am-2pm

Wye Angus
2016 Carmichael Rd
Queenstown, MD 21658

Western MD

June 3-4, 2022

June 3: 10am-4pm
June 4: 9am-2pm

18330 Keedysville Rd
Keedysville, MD 21756

For more information about this program or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Racheal Slattery either via email ( or phone (301-450-1392)

Register online today!


Time Topic
Day 1 – Classroom Based
Location: Will depend the date of the workshop
10:00 am Welcome & Introductions
10:15 am Economics
10:55 am Break
11:00 am Body Condition Scoring
11:20 am Cattle Health
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Reproduction
1:15 pm Genetics & EPD's
2:00 pm Minute Break
2:10 pm Pasture Management
3:00 pm Nutrition
3:45 pm Day 1 Wrap Up & Reminders for Day 2
10am Welcome & Introductions
10am Welcome & Introductions
10am Welcome & Introductions
Day 2 – Farm Based
Location: Will depend the date of the workshop
9:00 am Welcome
9:15 am  Animal Health – Chute Side
9:45 am Body Condition Scoring - Chute Side
10:50 am Minute Break
11:00 am Facilities Development/Management - Farm Tour
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Hay and Pasture Management – Field Tours
1:15 pm Shortcourse Wrap-Up, Questions

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 Fall 2021 **

This course has been approved for 4 MD Nutrient Management and 8 Pesticide Applicator Recertification (1A, 3A, 3C, 10*, PVT*) Credits

**The Nov 19th workshop on the Eastern Shore has also been postponed due to scheduling conflicts**

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. 

Please contact Racheal Slattery, Beef and Dairy Extension at 301-405-1392 or via email with any questions or concerns.

Beef Series III Flyer

Dates & Locations

Region Date Time Location

Western MD

Friday, October 1, 2021


Washington County Ext Office

7303 Sharpsburg Pike

Boonsboro, MD 21713

Northern MD

Friday, October 29, 2021


Harford County Ext Office

3525 Conowingo Rd

Street, MD 21154

Southern MD

Friday, November 5, 2021


Charles County SCD

4200 Gardiner Rd

Waldorf, MD 20601


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

Soil Fertility and Management:

Good Pastures Start with the Soil

Andrew Kness, UMD Extension-Harford County


Setting up a Pasture System:

How to set up a System that works for your Farm

Racheal Slattery, UMD Dept. of Animal Sciences


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

Principals of Weed Management:

Weed ID and Management in Pastures

Kelly Nichols, UMD Extension Montgomery County


Extending the Grazing Season:

Using Summer Crops and Annuals

Jeff Semler, UMD Extension-Washington County


Matching Forages with Cattle Nutrition

Dr. Sarah Potts, UMD Extension-WMREC


Financial Assistance:

Cost-share Programs for Cattle Producers


12:30-1:00pm Lunch

Soil Health (Hands-on)

Andrew Kness and Jeff Semler


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

Dr. Amanda Grev, Jeff Semler, Kelly Nichols


Wrap-up and Questions:

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


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 - This Series may be offered at a future date

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.