Published on 06/15/06

Summer workshops focus on marketing cattle

University of Georgia

Beef cattle producers who want to better market their cattle should attend one of four Southeast Beef Cattle Marketing Schools set for this summer.

Dates and locations for the workshops are:

July 13-14, Newberry County Farm Bureau, Newberry, S.C.

July 19-20, North Georgia Research and Educational Center, Calhoun, Ga.

Aug. 8-9, Columbia County Extension Office, Lake City, Fla.

Sept. 14-15, Auburn University Beef Teaching Unit, Auburn, Ala.

Specialists from Southeastern universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will combine hands-on learning and live animal evaluation with classroom examples to help cattlemen reduce their risks and improve their profits. Participants will learn about cattle cycles, how to anticipate prices and use futures and options to increase profits.

There will also be a session on using the Livestock Risk Protection insurance program. Finally, alternative marketing methods, such as video board sales, tele-auctions and marketing cattle, will be discussed in a producer panel.

Registration is $35 per workshop and includes materials, meals, breaks and refreshments. Registration can be completed online at www.ugatiftonconferenc or by calling (229) 386-3416.

Brad Haire is the former news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.