Athens Beef Cattle Short Course

Event Date: February 7th, 2024
Location: UGA Livestock Instructional Arena, Athens

Please join us on February 7th for the 13th annual Northeast Georgia Beef Cattle Short Course in Athens, GA!

We will have vendors and representatives from several companies and institutions to visit with during the breaks and lunch. Participants this year will receive continuing education hours for:

  • Beef Quality Assurance (3 hours)
  • Private Pesticide Credits (1 hour)
  • Commercial Category 21 Pesticide Credits (1 hour)

This year’s short course we be held in conjunction with the Focus on Genetically Enhanced EPDs Bull Sale.  The sale will be held on February 8th, but all bulls and heifers will be onsite during the short course.  Please visit our Focus on EPDs Bull Sale page for the catalog and more information on the sale. If you have any questions about the program, please contact your local Extension office (1-800-ASK-UGA1).


Printable Program (PDF) Online Registration

 8:30 a.m.  Registration Opens (Visit with Sponsors)

 9:00 a.m.  Welcome

 9:10 a.m.  Beef Cattle Market Outlook
                  Will Secor, UGA Extension Livestock Economist

 9:45 a.m.  Incorporating EPDs and Genomic Tools into Your Herd
                   Jason Duggin, UGA Extension Beef Specialist

10:15 a.m.  Break (Visit with Sponsors)

10:45 a.m.  Weed Management Strategies for 2024
                    Lisa Baxter, UGA Extension Forage Specialist

11:15 a.m.  Annual Forage Management
                  Jennifer Tucker, UGA Animal Scientist

12:00 noon     Lunch (Visit with Sponsors)

  1:00 p.m.     Afternoon Rotation:

  1. Evaluating Structure and Conformation

             Dylan Davis, UGA Extension Livestock Specialist

  2. Understanding a Breeding Soundness Exam

              Pedro Fontes, UGA Extension Beef Specialist
              Brad Heins, UGA Production Medicine Veterinarian  

  3.  Feeder Calf Grading
              Crystal Richburg, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

4. The Myth of the 1,000-Pound Cow and the 1,000-Pound Hay Bale

             Greg Pittman, UGA Extension Agent, Jackson County
              Zach McCann, UGA Extension Agent, Banks County

4:15 p.m.     Wrap Up and Door Prizes