Dr. Rick Machen, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Uvalde, said producers can learn about grass-fed beef production techniques at a conference scheduled May 30-31 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The conference will be held at both the Rosenthal Meat Science Building and the Louis Pearce Pavilion on the Texas A&M campus.
“Grass farmers across Texas have the opportunity to have a decent year with forage growth and may want to consider harvesting that forage with beef cattle,” Machen said. “Grass-fed beef production is an emerging trend, and we are finding a growing need to educate these producers on the finer points.”
The conference will cover a broad range of important topics pertaining to grass-fed beef production and is open to both beef producers and consumers.
The following topics will be discussed: overview of the beef industry; defining natural, grass-fed and organic beef; growing forage – the fundamentals; cattle types suited for grass-fed beef; forage-based nutrition for cattle; preventive herd health; handling cattle for wholesome beef; carcass fabrication; consumers and their expectations; marketing a unique product; and economics and sustainability.
Cost is $250 through May 15 and $300 after. Three continuing education credits will be offered to Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicators holders.
To register online, visit https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/ and enter keyword “grassfed.”