BEEF CATTLE ASSESSMENT COURSE

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OVERVIEW
The Beef Cattle Assessment Course is being held from Monday 25th to Wednesday 27th September, 2017. The course takes place at CB Alexander Agricultural College, 15kms North East of Maitland on the Dungog road, NSW. A full map and details of what to bring will be forwarded to you on receipt of your entry form.

HISTORY
The Beef Cattle Assessment Course is now in its 38th year. It has been widely recognised as the most practical and hands-on beef cattle selection course of its kind in Australia as well as internationally. The course embraces both the newcomer and the experienced alike. A great deal of time and thought goes into the selection of the Overjudges. They must possess the practical and communicative skills necessary to ensure that all participants receive maximum benefit, given the varied level of experience of participants. Although the course is organised by New England Angus Breeders, the Beef Cattle Assessment Course is open to all beef cattle enthusiasts. It utilises both Bos Taurus and Bos Indicus breeds and their crosses, over the two days.

Primarily, the Beef Cattle Assessment Course is committed to the education of its participants in all aspects of the beef industry. However, there is a progressive point scoring system in place, which enables those eligible, to further their assessment skills at the National Judging Competition, with the winner receiving a scholarship to the University of Illinois. But, we stress that point scoring plays a secondary role in the course. Rather, it is an opportunity for beef industry members, both experienced and inexperienced, to learn skills from experts in the beef assessment field.
 

Day 1

3.30pm

Registration

Day 2

7.00am

BREAKFAST

Day 3

7.00am

BREAKFAST

5.00pm                

Cattle markets and their requirements                                         

8.00am

Identifying muscle & fat in cattle

7.45am

Structure

5.45pm

Producing for different markets

9.00am

Demonstration of evaluation of cattle

8.30am

Female selection

6.00pm

DINNER

10.00am

MORNING TEA

8.45am

Assessing female groups

6.45pm            

Growth & development               

11.00am

Judging demonstration groups

10.00am

MORNING TEA

12.00pm

LUNCH

10.15am

Bull selection

1.00pm

Judging competition groups

10.30am

Bull demonstration group

1.30pm

Judges comments on cattle

11.00am

Bull competition groups

2.15pm

Judging competition groups

12.00pm

LUNCH

3.00pm

AFTERNOON TEA

1.00pm

Assessing bull groups

3.30pm

Judging comments and judging exercises

1.30pm

Judging bull groups

6.00pm

DINNER

2.30pm

Performance class

6.45pm

Using performance figures in cattle selection

3.00pm

Heifer culling class

7.45pm

Plenary session

3.30pm

AFTERNOON TEA

4.00pm

Oral comments on bull class Tea

4.30pm

Presentation and evaluation

5.00pm

Close and depart


You can download a full brochure about the course here. Please complete the entry form here and register.        

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you would like further information please contact Leanne Stuart on:                       

Ph: 0408621784     or     +61 2 6766 5400   E-mail: General Information: info@beefcattlecourse.com.au