The annual Cow/Calf College presented by the University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and the UNL West Central Research and Extension Center will be held May 12-14, 2011, at the NCTA Livestock Teaching Center in Curtis.
The Cow/Calf College provides participants with research-based information that will increase profitability, provide herd management tools, and display the latest techniques in cattle handling, health and nutrition.
Dave Smith, agriculture production systems division director, says that the program brings together 16 research and teaching faculty, veterinarians and industry representatives. Day one of the college is dedicated to a systems approach to beef production and the 100 Beef Cow Outreach program. Day two covers herd health, while day three address low-stress cattle handling. Participants can register for one day or all three depending on individual needs."
The morning of May 12 will be especially important to current ranch employees and others that want to begin the process of ranch ownership through NCTA's 100 Beef Cow Ownership Outreach Program. This four-course, hands-on program is designed for working adults and only requires two days a month for eight months away from the ranch or other employment.
The Cow/Calf College is the first of the four courses. The other courses include the UNL West Central Ranch Practicum, a farm and ranch management course, and the UNL EDGE course.
Weldon Sleight, NCTA dean, says "This combination of courses allows our adult students to apply their current beef cattle knowledge and experience to new information and techniques important to beef cattle enterprise profitability. The EDGE program and the farm and ranch management courses help students build a business plan, partnership agreement and a low-interest USDA Farm Service Agency loan application.
Each course is independent of the others should participants only want to take one course.
For additional information, visit the NCTA website at WWW.NCTA.unl.edU or contact Dave Smith at 308-367-5284 or Jan Price at 308-367-5293.