By Blair Fannin
COLLEGE STATION – The popular grass-fed beef conference is scheduled May 30-31 and will provide a comprehensive look at grass-fed beef production and marketing opportunities in Texas, according to organizers.
This Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service conference provides in-depth instruction and is hosted on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.
“There will also be information and demonstrations presented on carcass fabrication and determining beef cutout value. Overall, this program allows attendees to take home a lot of information and put it to work.”“This is a comprehensive program covering all aspects of grass-fed beef production,” said Dr. Ron Gill, AgriLife Extension 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.
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 demonstration.
– Consumers and their expectations.
– A Taste of Texas Beef: Marketing a unique product.
“A highlight of each year’s conference is the producer panel discussion focused on developing marketing opportunities for grass-fed beef,” Gill said. “This year’s panel will feature Don Davis, a New Mexico grass-fed producer and current president of the American Grassfed Alliance; David and Kim Yates of Angelina All Natural Beef in Canton; and Joe Dowling, KD Bar Beef and KD Bar Cattle Company of Caldwell.”
Registration is $275 through May 15 and $300 after. On-site registration is $325. To register online, visit https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter keyword “grassfed” or call 979-845-2604.
Via source AgriLife Today | AgriLife Extension grass-fed beef conference May 30-31
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