Farm Talk

October 23, 2012

Master Cattlemen program set in Bartlesville

by Randy Pirtle

— The OSU Cooperative Extension Service will be offering the “Master Cattleman” series of educational programs this winter In Bartlesville, Oklahoma starting on December 6. These programs will deal with the demographics of the beef industry, economics, marketing and risk management, business planning and tax considerations, leasing arrangements, enterprise performance analysis, livestock insurance, forage production, grazing management, drought management, beef quality assurance, waste management and biosecurity.  The development of such a comprehensive resource for beef production in the state of Oklahoma was made possible by a team of faculty and staff in the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Extension Area Specialists, Noble Foundation, USDA's Risk Management Agency and Agricultural Marketing Service.

The Master Cattleman Program was introduced in 2004. The objective of this program is to enhance the profitability of beef operations and the quality of life of beef cattle producers by equipping them with vital information on all aspects of beef production, business planning, risk management and marketing. The Master Cattleman program includes an educational curriculum based on the Oklahoma Beef Cattle Manual and a producer certification process.

The classes will be offered on Thursdays beginning in December from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tri-county technology center in Bartlesville. There will be a break for the holidays and then they will conclude in February. The enrollment fee is $75 and the registration deadline is October 31. These classes are open to all producers regardless of residence. To enroll or for more information please contact the Washington County OSU Extension Office at 918-534-2216 or you can contact Randy Pirtle at

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