Ag Notes: Fall Master Cattleman programs beginning

JERRY LITTLE

If you are interested in improving your cattle operation, you may want to consider participating in the University of Kentucky’s Master Cattleman program. Another round of classes will begin soon. More than 4,000 beef producers have already participated in the comprehensive program and put the management strategies they learned into practice in their operations.

The Master Cattleman program consists of 10 sessions that include management, marketing, nutrition, reproduction, health, genetics, forages, facilities, environment and end product.

The program is designed to increase producers’ overall productivity and profitability and is available at multiple sites throughout Kentucky. Each site will have consistent program material. You must attend at least eight of the 10 sessions and have a current Beef Quality Assurance certification to successfully complete the program. As a participant, you will receive a set of reference materials, and when you successfully complete the program, you will receive a personalized farm gate sign.

Fall 2017 program dates and county groups are as follows:

• Breckinridge and Grayson – Sept. 25 through Nov. 27

Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer – Sept. 19 through Nov. 21

Grant, Carroll, Kenton, Gallatin, Campbell, Boone, Pendleton and Owen –     Sept. 19 through Nov. 21

Muhlenberg, Crittenden, Trigg, Christian, Caldwell – Oct. 17 through Dec. 19

McCracken, Fulton, Carlisle, Calloway, Hickman, Marshall – Oct. 2 through          Dec. 11

Butler, Simpson, Warren, Logan, Allen – Aug. 8 through Nov. 21.

For more information to enroll, contact the Boyle County Cooperative Extension Service.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expressions, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Jerry Little, County Extension Agent for Agriculture/Natural Resources