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The UT Extension Service will again host the Master Beef Class in the winter of 2013.
The classes will be held Thursday evenings, Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 28 and April 4. April 11 is a snow date. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include a meal.
Participants of this class will receive training in Managing and Planning for Success, Marketing Beef Cattle, Developing Genetics to the Needs of the Industry, Carcass Merit, Feeding the Beef Herd, Forage Production, Reproduction, Herd Health, Cattle Handling and Behavior, Environmental Concerns for Beef Production, Food Safety and Managing the Beef Herd.
The program will consist of 10 sessions in Fayetteville.
UT’s Animal Science Department is planning changes for the Master Beef Program, but they have not yet been announced, so the 2013 classes will be similar to past Master Beef programs, said David E. Qualls, Extension Agent and County Director.
The cost is $150 per person, which includes a notebook, farm sign and cap. Producers who have completed Beef Quality Assurance and have registered their farm in the Premises ID program can attend for $50, a $100 savings.
If the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Ag Enhancement Grants continue as they have in the past, those who complete the Master Beef class will receive 50 percent cost share rather than 35 percent on the genetics and handling facilities grants.
Participants who have not completed Beef Quality Assurance class or have had their BQA certification expire and want to receive the $100 discount will need to attend the Beef Quality Assurance class on Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. or 7 p.m. or the March 26 class at 1 or 7 p.m.
Please call the extension office at 433-1582 to register by Jan. 18. The program is open to everyone.