The event begins at 10 a.m. on June 6 and continues through 1 p.m. on June 7.

Topics and presenters include: Clover Management - Dr. Gerald Evers, Texas A&M University; Internal and External Parasite Control - Alvin Loyacano and Lane Foil, LSU AgCenter; Synchronization of Estrus and Artificial Insemination of Beef Cattle - Dr. Ron Del Vecchio, LSU AgCenter and Darrin Goodwin, McNeese State University; Bahia Grass Management - Buddy Pitman, LSU AgCenter;

Pasture Weed Control Demonstration - Dearl Sanders, LSU AgCenter; Defining a Stocker Program and Selection of Stocker Cattle - Russ Gould, Mississippi cattle producer; Sprayer Calibration and Application Technologies - Allen Hogan and Darryl Rester, LSU AgCenter; Understanding and Use of EPD’s - Casey Worrell, American Angus Association; Value-Based Marketing-Understanding the Grid System - Rod Schemm, Hitch Enterprises; Ryegrass Management - Wink Alison, LSU AgCenter; and The Beef Industry-Where We Are and Where Are We Going? - Bill Mies, Emerge Interactive.

The Friday night keynote speaker will be Paul Coreil, director of the Extension Service and vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter, who will discuss current and future environmental policies. The title of his presentation is “Environmental Issues in Today’s Agricultural Climate”.

The short course will also feature a trade show. Specific times have been designated on Friday and Saturday for visiting the trade show booths. Potential exhibitors have been/are being contacted to reserve a booth for this two-day event. There are inside and outside spaces available for exhibitors to display their products. Persons interested in participating as a trade show exhibitor should contact Paul Morris at 318 256-3406.

A copy of the complete agenda and the registration form can be obtained from parish Extension offices or from the AgCenter’s livestock web site at: http://www.louisianalivestock.org/beef/beefcattle.htm, under News & Events and 2003 Beef Forage Short Course.

For more information on the Louisiana Beef-Forage Short Course, contact your county agent or Bill Davis, the short course coordinator, at 225 642-2044 or e-mail: bdavis@agcenter.lsu.edu.