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

Fifty-fourth Annual Beef Cattle Short Course

"Maintaining Quality Production in a Dynamic Market Place"

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
Gainesville, Florida
May 4-6, 2005

Registration cost is $85 per participant before April 22, and includes a copy of the Beef Cattle Short Course proceedings, trade show, refreshments, and Steak-Out ticket.

For information, schedules, and registration: University of Florida, Department of Animal Sciences, (352) 392-1916

The 54th Annual Beef Cattle Short Course at the University of Florida will be held on May 4-6, 2005, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville. Once again, this year's program will feature sessions addressing issues that are important to every cattle producer. The Florida Beef Cattle Short Course is widely recognized as the premier producer education program in the Southeast, attracting speakers who are nationally recognized as experts and leaders in their field. The 2005 Florida Beef Cattle Short Course will continue to build upon the great tradition of bringing timely, relevant, and insightful producer oriented education to all participants.

The Beef Cattle Short Course program begins on Wednesday, May 4 at 1 p.m. with a session to address the national and global implications of Florida beef production. Global and national issues affect every cattle producer regardless of operation size. Wednesday afternoon's program will cover a number of important issues that will face the beef industry in the years to come. Topics to be addressed will include a 2005 beef market outlook, international trade of beef and beef products, total quality management, and consumer relationships. Following the afternoon session will be an allied industry trade show and reception.

The Thursday morning session is dedicated to management factors affecting quality in the beef herd. This session should give participants a better understanding of several of the basic factors that impact the beef herd and profitability. The issues of genomics, nutrition, and health will be discussed as separate topics and during a panel discussion that includes nationally recognized experts and top producers. Thursday afternoon promises to be entertaining and educational. Buster McLaury will demonstrate and discuss multiple aspects of working with and using ranch horses on cattle operations. Following the horse portion will be a discussion and exhibit of cattle handling with dogs. Thursday will conclude with the traditional "Cattlemen's Steak-Out Dinner". Friday morning will conclude the Beef Cattle Short with a session covering grazing issues that affect the cow herd. Pasture production constitutes the largest feed resource for much of the beef cattle industry therefore anytime is a good time to discuss pasture production. University of Florida Extension professionals will discuss grasses, pasture management, and fertilization issues. Break-out sessions will follow to address specific geographical issues of pasture management and grazing.

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