So you wanna raise beef cattle? Workshops offered to help prospective producers

August 31, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A free, three-hour, one-night course covering all things beef, offered by Penn State Extension this fall at seven locations, will introduce participants to a variety of topics helpful to learning how to raise beef cattle.

"This program is a great way to learn about beef production," said Melanie Barkley, an extension educator based in Bedford County who is coordinating the course. "It is designed to introduce a variety of concepts related to beef production to help participants decide if they would like to get started in the beef business."

After a 6 p.m. registration and light dinner, the workshop, which is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Beef Producers Working Group, will cover topics such as genetics, equipment needs, reproduction basics, and breeding and calving issues, among other topics.

Later, at 8:15 p.m., participants will learn about feeding and nutrition, health issues, and marketing and finances, with the program concluding at 9:30 p.m.

Dates and locations include Sept. 13, Penn State Extension Mercer County office, Mercer; Sept. 20, Penn State Extension Bedford County office, Bedford; Oct. 11, Penn State DuBois; Oct. 18, Penn State Extension Westmoreland County office, Greensburg; Oct. 30, York County 4-H Center, York; Nov. 6, Penn State Extension Lycoming County office, Montoursville; and Nov. 8, Wayne County Park Street Complex cafeteria, Honesdale.

To register, visit the course website or call 877-345-0691.

Last Updated August 31, 2018