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Cow College
Sponsored by:
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
Beef IRM Committee and Kentucky Cattlemen's Association

For Information

Land Dale
University of Kentucky
176 Pasadena Drive
Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 278-0899














What is the Cow college?

An intensive, hands on course for beef producers designed to provide them with exposure to the most cutting edge techniques and ideas related to beef cattle production and the beef business. The approach is always end product driven with emphasis on quality and efficiency in all aspects of the production and business process.

How is Cow College Conducted?

The program is divided into four two day sessions and a final single day session to allow ample time to thoroughly deal with each topic area. Enrollment is limited to 30 producers to maximize the amount of hands on exposure and time for one on one interaction with the specialists.
Approximately half of your time in COW COLLEGE is in hands on sessions.

What Topics will be covered?

Session I

- Economics of Beef Production
- Farm Business Management
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Farm Record Keeping
- Marketing Systems
- Futures Market
- Packer/Feeder Game


Session II

- Nutrition
- Feedstuffs and Forages
- Forage Analysis
- Feed and Mineral Tag Analysis
- Body Condition Scoring
- Computerized Ration Balancing
- Planning a Nutrition Program


Session III


- Herd Health
- Principles of Immunity
- Herd Health Programs
- Parasite Programs
- Cattle Psychology and Corral Design
- Hands on Technique Development


Session IV

- Reproduction
- Breeds
- Breeding Systems
- EPDs
- Heifer Development
- Estrus Synchronization
- Reproductive and Bull Management
- Pelvic Area And Tract Scores
- Palpation
- A.I.
- Animal Evaluation
- Selection Decisions


Session V


- End Product
- Yield and Quality Grading
- Harvest Methodology
- Live Animal Evaluation
- Carcass Grading
- Taste Testing

What do I get for my investment?

In addition to the hours of instruction and interaction with specialists the following information resources are yours to take back to the farm:

Beef Information Database
(Searchable CD ROM of Research and info)
UK Beef/Forage Database
(Searchable CD ROM)
Backgrounding Spreadsheet Program
Breeding Spreadsheet Program
Ration Balancing Program
Partial Budget Templates for Decision Making
Kentucky Beef Book
IRM Calendar
Southern Forages Book
Pocket Forage ID Guide
KYBEEF Pasture Budgeting Program

How do I Enroll?

To enroll for Cow College 2014 please visit this site: Cow College Registration

All sessions will be held at the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, KY.

The total cost of the program is $125 for all five sessions or $50 for each session individually.

Participants must be graduates of UK's Master Cattleman Program.

Enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis. It is limited to the first 30 people who reserve a spot with a deposit of $50 made payable to COW COLLEGE. The deadline for registration is June 1, 2014.

Registration deposits and fees should be mailed to:

Land Dale - UK Extension Associate
Kentucky Cattlemen's Association
176 Pasadena Drive
Lexington, KY 40503

For questions or additional information contact:

Land Dale at
or by phone
(859) 278-0899