Beef cattle producers
who want to improve their cattle marketing skills and better understand the factors
affecting cattle market prices should attend the Southeast Beef Cattle Marketing
School. The intensive two day program will be held September 14 through 15 at
the Auburn University Beef Teaching Unit.
The program, sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the USDA
Risk Management Agency, will feature Extension experts from four southeastern
universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Walt Prevatt, an Extension
economist, says it will combine hands on learning and live animal evaluations
with classroom sessions.
"This combination approach will help cattlemen understand different methods
they can employ to manage price risks, add value to what they produce, and improve
their profits," said Prevatt.
"Participants will see cattle and learn how they fit into today's cattle
market. They'll also learn about cattle cycles and seasonal price trends as well
as how to predict cash feeder prices and how to use futures and option contracts."
He adds there will be information presented on the National Animal Identification
Plan and a producer panel that will discuss cattle marketing opportunities
such as retained ownership, value added marketing and other marketing methods.
Prevatt and his Alabama Extension colleagues will be joined by specialists from
Clemson University, the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.
Registration is $35 per person and includes notebooks, handout materials, meals
and refreshments. Registration will be $50 per person at the door. Please register
early. A limited number of seats is available.
Checks should be payable to Auburn University Agricultural Economics Department.
Registration information should be mailed to Dr. Walt Prevatt, 208 Comer Hall,
Auburn University, Alabama, 36849 before September 8. Cancellation must be
received seven days before the workshop to receive a refund.
For more information, please contact your regional Extension animal science agent
or Dr. Walt Prevatt at 334 844 5608 or prevajw@auburn edu.