Pascual Hernandez
Pascual Hernandez

Every August, many look forward to two of AgriLife Extension’s well-known educational events. This year, however, both events can be experienced from the comfort of your home.

The first event is the Annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course which will take place August 3-5, 2020.

The Beef Cattle Short Course is the state’s best when it comes to beef cattle education and training. This year the event has been transformed into a virtual conference due to the current Covid-19 situation. The Texas A&M Virtual Beef Cattle Short Course is the most diversified technical beef cattle training program provided at the state level and features more than 20 concurrent sessions. Topics include animal health, nutrition, reproduction, breeding, genetics, selection, research, marketing, and handling. Management sessions will cover business, forage, range, and purebred cattle.

Topics such as landowner issues and fence building will also be featured. Sessions are designed for everyone, from the newest member of the industry to the most seasoned producer.

A number of pesticide CEUs, veterinarian CECs and BQA credits are available to attendees Registration, Short Course schedule, press releases and additional information can be accessed through our website: https://beefcattleshortcourse.com.

The second event is a “two-fer”: the 47th Annual Sheep and Goat Field Day and 2020 Texas Sheep & Goat Expo. This unique sheep and goat event provides producers and other interested persons the opportunity to attend educational presentations and participate in hands-on demonstrations.

The speakers are experts in the industry. This program meets the needs of a very diverse sheep and goat industry.

The Sheep and Goat Field Day will be on August 14, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Texas A&M Research & Extension Center in San Angelo. There is no cost to attend the Sheep and Goat Field Day and registration is not required.

The 2020 Texas Sheep & Goat Expo also begins on August 14, 2020 but runs from 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the San Angelo Fairgrounds 1st Community Spur Arena. You can participate either Face-to-Face or Virtual. The sessions on August 15, 2020 take place from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will be Virtual only.

Face-to-Face and Virtual Registration is $40 and includes lunch Friday for face-to-face participants. Online registration is available at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu with an August 13th deadline. On-site registration only after August 13th will be $50.

For more information, call the Sutton County Extension Office at 387-3101.