Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Junior Fed Beef Career and Leadership Program, which will be held June 27-29 on the campus of West Texas A&M University (WTAMU). Hosted with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension and WTAMU, the Junior Fed Beef Career and Leadership Program, also known as Feedyard Camp, is designed for high school juniors and seniors with an interest in pursuing a career in the fed beef industry.

Twenty students from across the three-state area of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico will experience an in-depth look at how beef is raised.

"Feedyard camp overall was an experience I'll never forget. We learned about everything that had anything to do with a feedyard, from the different rations fed to the cattle at the different stages of their development to the different marketing techniques used to sell the finished product. We even got to cut our own steaks in the WTAMU Meats Lab!” said Katy Richardson, past program participant. “I also loved the opportunity we had to talk to the panel of managers and business professionals. The fact that they took time out of their busy lives to come answer our questions was something I greatly appreciated and still do. All in all, Feedyard Camp was phenomenal from the minute I stepped out of my truck, and given the opportunity, I would gladly take part in it again!"

 Attendees take part in many career-building and leadership experiences unique to this program, such as visiting the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory; touring a feedyard and beef processing facility; meeting with feedyard personnel, WTAMU faculty, area agriculture leaders and TCFA staff; and cutting their own steaks at the WTAMU meats lab.

“Feedyard camp gives students with an interest in agriculture a truly one-of-a-kind experience in learning about beef production,” said TCFA Market and Membership Manager Brady Miller. “The Amarillo area is ideal for an experience such as this due to our strong and diverse beef community. With feedyards, research and beef processing facilities all right here, we can give students the most comprehensive learning experience of its kind when it comes to beef.”

Interested students may visit www.tcfa.org/news-events/feedyard-camp.html to download an application or simply learn more about the program. Applications are due to the TCFA office by May 15.