This year's short course will include expert speakers and discussion on foreign animal diseases, such as foot-and-mouth and Mad Cow disease, according to Larry L. Boleman, conference coordinator and a beef cattle specialist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

“We’re going to bring in speakers from across the state and talk about the kind of (foreign animal disease) program we have in place and what we would do if we had to go into some plan of action,” Boleman said. “I've assembled people who have been to Europe and have done case studies on how the Europeans have responded to these outbreaks. We’re going to spend a good part of our general session looking at those diseases. Later, Dr. Linda Logan with the Texas Animal Health Commission will put all of what we've talked about together.”

The beef short course is recognized as the state’s focal point for beef cattle information and education. The two and one-half day long beef educational program includes a cattlemen's college as well as symposiums, workshops and live cattle demonstrations.

The educational training will be taught by more than 40 different cattle experts.

Early course registration will continue until July 27 at $100 per person. Late registration and on-site registration is $120. For further information or a registration form, go to the Beef Cattle Short Course Web site at http://animalscience-extension.tamu.edu/beef/shortcourse.html or contact Carrie Adams, Hollie Gambino, Loretta Morse at (979) 845-3579 or (979) 845-6931.