Forage and beef cattle nutrition management will be the topics of several Cattleman’s College seminars at the 52nd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course. The short course will be Aug. 7-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station.

These topics are timely since keeping cattle in good condition was a challenge to Texas beef producers last summer and this past winter, said Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist.

Scarce rainfall during the 2005 growing season, as well as last fall and winter, resulted in very little available grazing forage, he said.

Forage alternatives will be discussed at the Cattleman’s College seminars.

“During the past year many producers were searching for cheap alternatives to hay, and many looked toward the potential use of byproduct feeds in their operation,” said Ted McCollum, Extension beef cattle specialist.

Cotton gin trash and corn gluten are some of those alternatives, he said. Many producers have been successful in utilizing byproducts in their operations and have benefited from reduced feed costs. However, they understand the positives and negatives of feeding these products, McCollum added. The nutrition session will also present a simplified approach to controlling feed costs, important to producers at all times, McCollum said. “Little to no hay reserves from 2005 and below normal hay production early in the 2006 season indicate that hay supplies may be short for next winter,” said Larry Redmon, Extension forage specialist. “During the Forage Session of the Cattleman’s College, Texas A&M faculty will address methods to stretch hay supplies.” New to this year’s Cattlemen’s College will be a session titled “Managing Cattle and Wildlife in One System.

Feral hog control, pond management, and managing deer and cattle together in one system will be highlighted. The short course will have a total of 15 specialized workshops as part of the Cattleman’s College. A general session will include discussions of the cattle market, climate and issues affecting landowners. Numerous opportunities for Beef Quality Assurance and pesticide applicator continuing education units will be available.

Registration by July 31 will be $120 per participant and includes admission to the conference and the Cattleman’s College, a copy of the proceedings (a 300-page publication), trade show admittance, tickets to the special Aggie prime rib dinner, and additional meals and breaks.

Registration after July 31 will be $160.

Register online at http://animalscience.tamu.edu or by contacting Cleere’s office at 979-845-6931.