The 53rd annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course will be held Aug. 6-8 at Texas A&M University in College Station.

“Planning committee members from around the state have met with us and helped us put together another outstanding program,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator.

This year’s short course will address cost increases in fertilizer, fuel, equipment and grain and how they affect a rancher’s profits, Cleere said.

“Increasing feed and fertilizer costs continue to put a lot of pressure on beef cattle producers to look for new ways to produce a pound of beef more economically,” he said. “In the near future, economics may override traditional ranch practices.”

The short course, sponsored by Texas Cooperative Extension, will address these issues as well as other topics during the three-day event, providing information for the novice rancher as well as for the most seasoned one, Cleere said.

“The 2007 short course will be one of the most important programs of the year for today’s beef producers looking to the future,” said Dr. Larry Boleman, assistant deputy vice chancellor and conference director.

“Previous participants always comment on the variety of topics that are offered during the Beef Cattle Short Course,” he said. “One of the most popular features of the short course is the ‘Cattleman’s College’ where participants can choose workshops and topics from a field of approximately 17 different subjects on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The concurrent workshops will feature information on ranch management, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, pastures, carcass evaluation, record keeping, organic and natural beef production.”

In addition to the Cattleman’s College sessions, a key general session will be offered on Monday afternoon.

The Wednesday “Cattleman’s College” sessions are designed to offer a more hands- on approach to calf working, cattle handling, cattle selection, carcass evaluation and record keeping, Cleere said. Participants will also have an opportunity to obtain a private applicators license that day.

In addition to the Cattleman’s College sessions, a key general session will be offered on Monday afternoon.

“The goal of the Beef Cattle Short Course each year is to provide the most cutting-edge information that is vital to beef cattle producers,” said Cleere .

“‘Changing Dynamics of the U.S. Beef Industry’ will be the theme of the general session this year, and we have already lined up some of the nation’s top speakers,” he said.

Participants can earn numerous pesticide continuing education units (CEUs) if already licensed. The trade show will feature more than 100 agricultural businesses and service exhibits, Cleere said.

Registration is $140 per person, and includes educational materials, a copy of the 300-page Beef Cattle Short Course proceedings, trade show admittance, tickets to the prime rib dinner, five additional meals and daily refreshments.

Registration information and tentative schedule will be mailed to previous participants in June and can also be found on the short course web site. Producers may register online at http://beef.tamu.edu or contact Cleere’s office at 979-845-6931.