Don’t Miss the Next Cattlemen’s Boot Camp

Producers wanting to attend the upcoming Cattlemen’s Boot Camp Aug. 10-11 in Raleigh, N.C., have until July 20 to register.

The American Angus Association® and North Carolina State University (NCSU) will host the popular event, which includes 1½ days of speakers, educational materials and hands-on labs.

The event is open to all cattle producers and features Association, university and industry experts presenting a variety of topics.

Curt Lacy of the University of Georgia will begin Tuesday presentations by discussing using a business model in the beef industry, and Shelia Stannard of the American Angus Association will show producers how to communicate a positive beef industry message.

NCSU’s Matt Poore will discuss cattle performance through optimal nutritional management; while Scott Whisnant and Gary Hansen, also of NCSU, will help participants improve reproductive performance in their herds.

Mark Alley, NCSU, will kick off afternoon presentations with his discussion on understanding cattle behavior and handling, followed by hands-on labs focused on identification, cattle processing and dentition, DNA and blood collection, artificial insemination and palpation, and phenotypic selection.

Tuesday presentations will wrap up with a presentation from Mark McCully of Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) on marketing through branded beef programs; and, finally, a case study from Gary Gregory, NCSU, and Bill Bowman, American Angus Association, showing how to select bulls to fit your needs.

Wednesday sessions begin with a focus on evaluating carcasses for quality and yield grades, presented by Dana Hanson, NCSU, and Gregg Rentfrow, University of Kentucky; followed by a presentation on cutout value in carcass.

Finally, McCully, Hanson and Rentfrow will discuss new beef products and value-added cuts; and Association staff will conduct a question-and-answer session.

“The Association is pleased to partner with North Carolina State to bring this Boot Camp to the Southeast this summer,” Stannard says. “We have a great slate of speakers from the university and the Association as well as some guest speakers from the University of Georgia and University of Kentucky who will make this a must-attend educational opportunity for all cattle producers in the region.”

The Raleigh Cattlemen’s Boot Camp, which is funded by the Angus Foundation, will be the Association’s 13th such event since 2005.

Registrations, which are due July 20, cost $75 per person and include meals and educational materials. Late or walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

Hotel reservations may be made at Holiday Inn Brownstone, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27605, by calling 919-828-0811 by July 26. Be sure to ask for the Cattlemen’s Boot Camp block for the negotiated rate of $87 plus tax.

Visit or contact the Association’s Activities Department at 816-383-5100 to register or for more information.

The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef organization, serving more than 30,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.

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