Athens Beef Cattle Short Course

Date: February 7th, 2024
Location: UGA Livestock Instructional Arena, Athens
Cost: $40/person, includes lunch and materials

The Northeast Georgia Beef Cattle Short Course 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.

Call your local County Extension Office for more information at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.


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 p.m.Lunch (Visit with Sponsors)
1:00 p.m.Afternoon Rotation:
1) Evaluating Structure and Confirmation
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 that 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