Texas Cooperative Extension will host West Texas Beef 706, a series of workshops for cattle producers.

Dates, times and locations are:

  • June 15, 5:30 p.m., Angelo State University's Management, Instruction and Research Center for dinner and review of calves at feeding mid-point, and observe best beef quality management and selection practices.

  • Aug. 3, 5:30 p.m., Angelo State University's Management, Instruction and Research Center for dinner and review of calves as finished market steers. Review performance data and discuss grading and grid marketing.

  • Aug. 22-23, 8:30 a.m., Angelo State University's Management, Instruction and Research Center, for hands-on grading, virtual feedyard/packing plant tour, beef carcass cutting, tasting session, and program wrap-up.

Dan Hale, Extension meats specialist at College Station, said the program offers cattle producers a special opportunity to learn the best management practices to improve their cattle and profit margin.

“Participants leaving this program will have a much greater insight as to what's making money in today's cattle industry,” said Hale. “The program centers around tracking a group of feeder calves from purchase to slaughter. The results may surprise even the most seasoned producer.”

Every beef producer should attend Beef 706, said Joe Pat Hemphill, a cow/calf producer from Coleman.

The program is limited to 40 people. RSVP by Feb. 20 to Lori Sleeper, Texas Beef Council at (800) 846-4113, loris@txbeef.org.