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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Charles H. Bronson, Commissioner

55th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

"Meeting the Challenges of Preserving Our Land, Managing Our Cattle, and Feeding Our Consumers"

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville
May 3-5, 2006

The 55th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course at the University of Florida will be held May 3-5, 2006, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville.

The Wednesday afternoon program will begin at 1 p.m. with the focus on marketing and land resource utilization challenges. In addition, this session will focus on a timely and important topic for the sustainability of the beef cattle industry. The beef cattle enterprise's land resources and the continuing issue of land use and value in Florida will be approached on a number of different fronts. The day will conclude with a reception and Allied Industry Trade Show for cattlemen and allied industry representatives to interact and share information.

The program Thursday addresses some of the management issues of beef cattle production. Nutrition, cow herd management, beef products, and beef product procurement systems will all be addressed. These basic issues of beef production will be approached with improved production efficiency in mind. Lunch will be sponsored by Farm Credit of North Florida. The afternoon program moves outside to utilize the UF/IFAS, Beef Teaching Unit to demonstrate calf processing, cattle evaluation, and hay production techniques. Thursday evening is capped by the annual Cattlemen's Steak-Out prime rib dinner.

On Friday morning, the program highlights the University of Florida's ongoing dedication to beef cattle production. Two concurrent sessions will showcase some of the current research efforts in the Animal Sciences and Agronomy departments that relate directly to the Florida beef cattle producer. Alternatively, that morning will be an opportunity for interested producers to attend a Florida Beef Quality Producer training session. Securing the ability and the resources to maintain the beef industry in Florida will continue to be a challenge. Utilizing new and innovative production practices to profitably produce quality beef cattle and beef products will be an important key.

Registration cost is $90 per participant before April 21, and includes a copy of the Beef Cattle Short Course proceedings, trade show, refreshments, and Steak-Out ticket. Complete information, schedules, and registration can be found online at http://www.animal.ufl.edu/extension/beef/bcscIndex.shtml, or contact the University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences at (352) 392-1916.

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