AUSTIN, TX – South Texas cattlemen and women are invited to attend an upcoming Beef 706 three-part series beginning May 23 in Alice, Texas. Beef 706 is a part of the Beef Quality (BQA) efforts and is designed to educate producers about sound management decisions and the factors impacting the safety and quality of beef.

The first session of the series will be held at the Gulf Coast Livestock Auction beginning at 5:30 pm with a dinner followed by a discussion lead by industry experts on factors effecting feeder calves. Attendees will then choose a calf to monitor through the production system at the following two sessions.

Session two will be held Oct. 25 at Kane Beef Processors in Corpus Christi, Texas at 1:30 p.m. Session two will offer an inside look into a meat packing plant and participants will review their selected cattle as a finished market steer.

The final session will be held Nov. 1 - 2 at the Animal Science Department on campus at Texas A&M University Kingsville beginning at 9 a.m. on day one and 8 a.m. on day two. The final session will allow beef producers to participate in a hands-on exercise that takes their chosen fed cattle through the harvest, grading and fabrication process.

“This series offers producers a unique opportunity to follow cattle from ranch to rail and learn firsthand about safety and quality issues affecting their product,” said Jason Bagley, senior manager of beef resources at Texas Beef Council. “Another appealing aspect of the program is participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of professors and extension specialists in meat science and beef cattle production. This program encourages interactive dialogue which proves to be a valuable tool.”

The cost of the program is $50 per participant and is refundable based on full participation. To register to attend, please contact your local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent. South Texas counties participating include: Jim Wells, Duval, San Patricio, Nueces, Kleberg , Kenedy and Brooks.

Jim Wells County: Rogelio Mercado, 361-668-5705

Duval County: Travis Trevino, 361-256-4591

San Patricio County: Bobby McCool, 361-364-6234

Nueces County: Jason Ott, 361-767-5217

Kleberg & Kenedy Counties: Frank Escobedo, 361-595-8566

Brooks County: Vic Cantu, 361-325-4402