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Stockers is a term used to describe feeder calves that are overwintered and sold in the spring. You may have also heard stockers referred to as backgrounding. Beef producers seeking to add more value to their livestock, may want to attend the Master Stocker Program, scheduled to begin on Oct. 25, 2012. The Kentucky Master Stocker Program is an educational program that is open to any beef producer who is involved in, or interested in, stocker cattle. This program includes eight classroom sessions. Topics covered will improve your understanding of best management recommendations for stocker and backgrounding operations.
The registration fee is $50.00, and includes educational materials and meals. This program will allow producers to network with specialists, facilitators, other beef producers and get questions answered. All program times are 6–9 p.m. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.
Our educational sessions schedule and location is as follows:
Enterprise Budgeting & Cost of Production, Oct. 25 – Shelby CES
Animal Handling, Transport & Welfare, Nov. 1 – Trimble CES
Economic Risk Management Tools, Nov. 8 – Henry CES
Nutrition Management, Nov. 15 – Shelby CES
Forage Management, Nov. 29 – Trimble CES
Health Management, Dec. 6 – Oldham CES
Environmental compliance & BMP’s, Dec. 13 – Henry CES
Marketing, Dec. 20 – Oldham CES
For more information on this educational program, call the Trimble County Cooperative Extension service at 502-255-7188.
Michael Pyles is Trimble County’s Cooperative Extension agent for agriculture.