It’s back-to-school time for beef cattle producers—beef school, that is! The 2011 Eastern Ohio Beef Management School will be in session in Harrison and Jefferson Counties for three weeks beginning on Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 7 p.m. at Jefferson County JVS in Bloomingdale.

According to Mike Hogan, Ohio State University Extension Educator, the three-week school will feature the most up-to-date production, management, and marketing information for beef cattle producers. “This year’s beef school program will feature some basic herd management topics such as utilizing artificial insemination and controlling scours, as well as some very timely and topical marketing and business management topics,” says Hogan.

Pre-registration is not required for any of the sessions. The cost to participate in each beef school session is $4.00, but members of cattlemen’s associations in Carroll, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties receive a 50% discount. There is no fee for youth to participate in beef school sessions, and hot refreshments will be provided at all sessions. “This year we are also able to offer half-price registration to members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association,” adds Hogan.

The scheduled topics for the beef school sessions are as follows:

February 10 – Jefferson County JVS, Bloomingdale – A Status Report on the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board – presented by Jerry Lahmers, DVM, beef producer and member of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board and Safe Handling Techniques for Working Cattle – presented by Dr. Dee Jepsen, OSU Extension Agricultural Safety and Health Specialist.

February 17 – Harrison Career Center – A New Feeder Cattle Marketing Model for Ohio – presented by Duane Hord and Marie Stahl of Hord Livestock, Bucyrus, Ohio, and Retained Ownership: When Does It Pay? – presented by Dr. Steve Boyles, OSU Extension Beef Specialist.

February 24 – Jefferson County JVS, Bloomingdale – Making Artificial Insemination Work Using CIDR’s – presented by Dr. Mike Day, OSU Department of Animal Sciences, and Controlling Scours in Your Herd – presented by Keith Burgett, DVM.

The February 24 session is being sponsored by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Carrollton Farmers Exchange, and Jefferson Landmark and will include a free roast beef dinner. There will be no registration fee for the February 24 session.

OSU Extension will provide accommodations to handicapped persons needing assistance to participate in Extension programs. If you require some type of assistance/accommodations to attend programs, utilize written materials, or visit the Harrison County Extension Office, please contact the Harrison Extension Office at 740-942-8823 or TTD # 1-800-589-8292.