NCBA Cattlemen's College to feature AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders program
Now in its 20th year, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Cattlemen's College has established a reputation as one of the most thorough cattle producer education programs in the nation. Sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, the 2013 edition of Cattlemen's College offers a wide range of informative, one-of-a-kind hands-on educational workshops designed for cattle operations of every size and sector. Special this year, Cattlemen's College will feature the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders program through presentations by AQHA Ranching Council Chairman Stan Weaver and Jim Hunt, an AQHA Ranching Council member.
The program is Feb. 5 and 6 in Tampa, Fla., headlining the first day of activities at the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. Cattlemen's College workshops include an outstanding lineup of industry experts during the course of two jam-packed days. On Feb. 5, attendees will be able to participate in classes about reproductive technologies and low-stress cattle handling principles. Learn how to put reproductive technologies to work in your cow-calf operations to enhance the performance and profitability of your herd, as well as learn about appropriate methods of moving cattle as a herd, penning techniques and pressure points in moving animals.
That evening, Cattlemen's College participants will be treated to great Florida hospitality and enjoy an exciting night of ranch horse competition as AQHA brings ranch horses to the Tampa Bay. These cowboys and horses will show off their skills in reining, cow work and roping as they show the versatility, athleticism and willingness that make the American Quarter Horse the ultimate ranch tool.
Class begins bright and early on Feb. 6, with a keynote address by internationally respected futurist Lowell Catlett, who will educate the audience with his predictions for the long-range outlook for the agricultural industry and factors that influence profitability and sustainability of beef cattle production. Sessions will go from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and include a cattle market update presented by CattleFax, preserving family relations on the ranch, weather predictions for 2013 and beyond, consumer attitudes toward beef and beef production, how to cope with drought and high feed prices, animal welfare issues and how to identify risk factors that affect your business' bottom line.
"During Cattlemen's College, producers not only have an opportunity to hear from some of the leading experts in topics that impact their cattle operations every day, but they also have the chance to interact with those experts and ask questions," said NCBA Executive Director of Producer Education John Paterson. "Many of the presenters are legends in the beef industry, and the wide variety of classes offers something for every producer. We highly encourage cattlemen and -women to take advantage of this informative and educational program."
Registration for Cattlemen's College includes all classes along with a two-hour lunch program on Feb. 6. This schedule allows cattlemen to attend up to five 45-minute workshops. Cattlemen's College registration also includes admission to the Cattle-Fax Outlook Seminar, which is Feb. 9. Topics will include a detailed outlook for cattle and beef inventories and prices, the state of the cattle cycle, analysis of feed grain supplies and prices, a long-term weather outlook, global trade opportunities and a discussion of emerging beef industry issues and trends.
Cattlemen's College registration information, as well as a complete schedule for the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show are available at www.beefusa.org.