Beef 706 Educational Series Scheduled and Seeking Participants

by Joe Mask | Published April 11, 2013

SAN ANTONIO – Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU), with support from the Texas Beef Council and Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is hosting four days of educational courses for Beefmaster breeders as part of the Beef 706 program. This Beef Checkoff funded program is designed to help producers maximize profits and have a better understanding of the production process after their cattle enter the feedyard. As part of the exercise, Beef 706 participants will choose specific cattle to monitor through the feedyard and harvesting phases.

The first part of the educational series will take place on April 29, 2013 in Gonzales, Texas at Graham Feedyard. This introductory meeting is open to the public and will focus on feeder cattle evaluation, as well as provide participants with a behind the scenes look at the workings of a feedyard.

The second part of the program will take place on July 25, 2013 in College Station, Texas at the Texas A&M University campus. This intermediate meeting will focus on gain and feed efficiency, while also taking a deeper look into the importance of animal health. Even though these first two meetings do not require pre-registration, as there is no limit to the number of people who can attend, BBU does encourage participants to inform BBU staff members of their planned attendance.

“This will be an unforgettable, hands-on beef cattle short course. We, as Beefmaster breeders, are fortunate to have this opportunity and I encourage BBU members to take advantage of this year’s Beef 706 program,” said BBU Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, Ph.D. “And thank you to the Texas Beef Council and Texas AgriLife Extension Service for making this program available to Beefmaster breeders.”

The program is completed with a two-day course hosted on Sept. 17-18, 2013 in College Station, Texas at the Texas A&M University meat science laboratory. This final part of the educational course will allow Beef 706 participants to see the finished product of the fed cattle they chose at the first meeting in Gonzales. During this hands-on meeting, participants will learn about carcass fabrication and how to evaluate the value of a beef carcass. Cattle industry experts will discuss the advantages and disadvantage of marketing cattle on a grid versus live basis. This third meeting does require registration due to limited available space.

“At the September meeting of the Beef 706 program there is only space for 45 participants and the open slots are filling up quickly. Information this valuable is rarely this affordable, so sign up quickly. The program is free and participants are responsible for only travel and lodging,” said BBU Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, Ph.D.

For more information about the Beef 706 Program and to sign up for the September meeting, please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org. Stay connected to BBU through Facebook, view our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and receive our news updates through joining our mailing list.


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