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FLORIDA BEEF CATTLE SHORT COURSE TO BE HELD MAY 3-5

Gainesville, January 19, 2006 -- The 55th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course at the University of Florida will be held on May 3-5, 2006, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida. Beef cattle production in Florida is a dynamic and challenging industry. Every producer faces challenges regarding economics and marketing, resource utilization, and management decisions. These challenges are on-going processes that necessitate current information for decision making. The 55th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course addresses these challenges that the beef cattle producers face on an everyday basis. The Wednesday afternoon program will begin at 1 pm with the focus on marketing and land resource utilization challenges. As the cattle cycle evolves, knowing where we are and where the market may be headed is always pertinent. 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, a great chance 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 generously 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, an opportunity to enjoy a prime rib dinner and time for conversation. 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 to maintaining the opportunity we have to enjoy a profession and lifestyle in the beef industry.

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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