Bevers said an easy way to see how much costs are affecting a rancher’s bottom line is to take the Schedule F filed with a federal income tax return, taking expenses and divide that by the number of cows you have.

“Beef PEP allows us to come in and take a real-life situation in a county and bring in a professional with expertise related to specific areas, such as forage production,” said Mark Currie, AgriLife Extension agent in Polk County. “The program is also advantageous to us because we can take what we learn from it and apply it to other programs within Extension.”

Dr. Glenn Rogers, Pfizer senior manager for beef veterinary operations, said the program benefits everyone involved.

“We consider Beef PEP a program that can have a big impact on livestock health and the state of Texas,” he said. “Instead of focusing on just one disease, it allows us to showcase our whole portfolio of (livestock) health products.”

Pfizer has been a Beef PEP sponsor for more than 10 years and has been an active participant in the study herds, Hairgrove said.

For more information about the program, contact Hairgrove at 979-458-3216 or email TBHairgrove@ag.tamu.edu.