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Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

May 8 @ 1:00 pm - May 10 @ 12:00 pm UTC-6

2019 Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

Straughn Extension Professional Development Center, 2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, FL

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
1:00 Welcome
1:15 Cattlemen’s Comments – Alex Johns, President of Florida Cattlemen’s Association
1:30 Market and Industry Trends in the Beef Business – Trey Warnock, Amarillo Brokerage Co.
2:15 Customer Satisfaction and National Tenderness Survey – Dr. Jason Scheffler, University of Florida
3:00 Break
3:30 Value and Mechanics of Meat Export – Dr. Travis Arp, Meat Export Federation
4:15 Cattle Cloning: Alpha and Omega – Dr. Ty Lawrence, West Texas A & M University
5:00 Evening Trade Show and Brisket Feed – Beef Teaching Unit-South

Thursday, May 9, 2019
8:30 Influence of Environment on Tenderness – Dr. Tracy Scheffler, University of Florida
9:15 Genetic Markers for Meat Quality – Dr. Steve Shackelford, USDA-MARC
10:00 Break
10:30 Physiology of Marbling – Dr. Susan Duckett, Clemson University
11:15 Fed Beef Challenge/How Do FL Cattle Compare – Dr. Bailey Harsh, University of Florida
11:45 Producer Panel with Experience Feeding Cattle
12:30 Lunch at Animal Sciences Building, Sponsored by Farm Credit of Florida
1:30 Afternoon Program

  • Live Animal Evaluation
  • Harvest and Processing
  • Carcass Evaluation
  • Performance and Profit(Loss)
  • Taste Panel
6:00 Cattlemen’s Steak Out – Horse Teaching Unit

Friday, May 10, 2019
8:30 Brahman Disposition – Dr. Todd Thrift, University of Florida
9:00 Issues in Cow Herd Health – Dr. Kelsey Arellano, University of Florida, CVM-FARMS
9:30 Mycotoxins in Forages – Dr. Ann Blount, University of Florida
10:00 Break
10:30 Using Ionophores in Cattle Production – Dr. Matt Hersom, University of Florida
11:00 Reproductive Challenges in Cow-calf Operations – Dr. Mario Binelli, University of Florida
11:30 Forage Management Application – Dr. Marcelo Wallau, University of Florida
12:00 Adjourn


There are numerous hotels and motels in the Gainesville area available to accommodate your lodging needs. Mention UF/IFAS when calling to make reservations. Some of their local venues have special pricing for the event guests


This year this event is not charging for the Steak-Out Dinner on Thursday night. If you are going to attend the Steak-Out please RSVP to Rebecca Matta by email so she can add you to their master list to get an accurate head count for the meal.

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May 8 @ 1:00 pm
May 10 @ 12:00 pm
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