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Northeast Georgia Beef Cattle Short Course

The 5th annual Northeast Georgia Beef Cattle Short Course will be held again at the UGA Livestock Instructional Arena on February 8th, 2017.  Please see the program below.  Attendees will be eligible for three hours credit towards Beef Quality Assurance recertification, one hour private pesticide credit, and one hour commercial pesticide credit  Additionally, this year’s program will be held in conjunction with the UGA Focus on EPDs Bull Sale (February 9th).  Please follow links below for online registration, printable registration, and a printable program.



8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration (Visit with sponsors)

  9:00 a.m.        Welcome

  9:10 a.m.       Beef cattle outlook
Levi Russell, UGA Agricultural and Applied Economics

  9:45 a.m.       Feeding strategies for limited forage quality AND quantity
Lawton Stewart, UGA Animal and Dairy Science

10:20 a.m.       Break (Visit with sponsors)

10:45 a.m.       Recovering from the drought:  Focus on pastures
Dennis Hancock, UGA Crop and Soil Sciences

11:20 a.m.       Understanding the new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)
Brent Credille, UGA Veterinary Medicine

12:10 p.m.       Lunch (Visit with sponsors)

  1:00 p.m.       Afternoon Rotation:

  1. Wild hog control in agricultural operations
    Michael Foster, UGA Cooperative Extension and Matt Ondovchik, USDA
  2. Understanding fly control: Research update from the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Beef
    Joel Burnsed, Greg Pittman, Raymond Fitzpatrick, Bob Waldorf and Trey Gafnea,
    Cooperative Extension
  3. Improving soil health with better grazing
    Nathan Lowder and Philip Brown, National Resources Conservation Service
  4. Selecting cattle to rebuild your herd
    Jason Duggin, UGA Animal and Dairy Science

4:30 p.m.       Wrap up and door prizes