The Texas Agricultural Extension Service is offering a Cow-Calf Standardized Performance Analysis workshop April 18 and 19 at the Texas A&M University Research and Extension Center, located just north of San Angelo on U.S. Highway 87. The course will start at 9:30 a.m. in the center's classroom.

"SPA gives ranchers a way to analyze their cow-calf operation from the production and financial sides," said Dr. Jason Johnson, Extension economist and a workshop coordinator. "With the current factors affecting the cattle industry, it is imperative that producers know how their operations are performing from the production as well as the financial standpoints.

"The SPA program facilitates the comparison of an operation's performance between years, producers, production regions, and production systems. It is intended to be used as an annual tool by the cow-calf producer. This will be a 'hands-on' workshop where ranchers will actually complete their own analysis for the 2000 calf crop with assistance from the program's personnel."

Johnson said participants who register for the course will be sent forms so they can organize their data before the workshop. Confidentiality of the producers' data will be maintained. Johnson said individual conferences will also be available for producers.

"All participants must pre-register for the workshop by April 13," he said. "This is so they can be advised on how to organize their data for the SPA analysis."

Registration is $100 for ranches that have completed the analysis in the past and $150 for new ranch participants. The fee includes the software, educational materials, meals, and refreshments.

For more information or to register, contact Johnson at (915) 653-4576.

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