Brush control, cattle handling techniques, corral design and cattle-selection principles will be featured at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 3-5 in College Station.

"Each year, the last day of the short course is devoted to demonstrations that involve basic ranch management practices as well as new and innovative techniques,” says Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator. “These sessions provide participants with a hands-on perspective so that they can return to the ranch and apply them to their beef cattle operations.”

Scheduled demonstrations on Aug. 5 include brush management techniques, cattle handling and pen design, carcass quality, chute-side manners, cattle selection, business management and a tour of Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Registrants can also receive training to earn a private pesticide applicator's license.

“Much of the state is currently experiencing drought conditions or is recovering,” Cleere says. “Several of the 20 different cattleman’s college sessions at the short course will address these conditions.”

Weeds and brush normally thrive during these periods, Cleere says, and the brush management demonstration scheduled Aug. 5 will address weed identification, control options, and herbicide application techniques.

“Getting cattle bred during or after a drought can be difficult,” he says. “One of our sessions will discuss getting cows bred during tough times. The focus will be on practical management options that ranchers can use during stressful times on the ranch.”

In addition to beef-production information, participants will have an opportunity to receive at least seven pesticide continuing education units, veterinary continuing education credits and Texas Beef Quality Producer credits.

Short course registration is $140 per person, and includes educational materials, a copy of the 600-page proceedings, trade show admittance, admission to the prime rib dinner, meals and daily refreshments.

Registration information and a tentative schedule will be mailed to previous participants in June. The information also is available on line at Texas A&M's beef cattle Web site, or by calling Cleere at 979-845-6931.