Athens Beef Cattle Short Course

Event Date: February 8th, 2023
Location: UGA Livestock Instructional Arena, Athens

Please join us on February 8th for the 12th 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).

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 9th, 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
                            Josh Maples, Mississippi State Livestock Economist

9:45 a.m.           Feed and Management Impacts on Carcass Characteristics
Francis Fluharty, UGA Animal and Dairy Science

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

10:45 a.m.           What’ll it cost you? Understanding production cost
                              of value-added programs

Lawton Stewart, UGA Animal and Dairy Science

11:15 a.m.           The UGA H.E.R.D Program:
                              Who is it for and what have we learned?
                             Lucy Ray, UGA Cooperative Extension
                            Jason Duggin, UGA Animal and Dairy Science

12:00 noon         Lunch (Visit with Sponsors)

 1:00 p.m.           Afternoon Rotation:

                1. Calving Simulator: Proper techniques for pulling calves

                    Brad Heins and Brent Credille, UGA College of Veterinary Medicine

              2. Where’s the Beef? Carcass primal cutout

                    Hamp Thomas, UGA Animal and Dairy Science     

                3.  Properly Calibrating a Sprayer

                     Greg Pittman and Nathan Eason, UGA Cooperative Extension 

                4. Ultrasound Demonstration:  What does the optimal fat cover look like?

                    Alex Stelzleni, UGA Animal and Dairy Science

4:15 p.m.     Wrap Up and Door Prizes