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Upcoming USDA Cattle and Carcass Training Center Programs Offer In-Person, Hands-On Training and Technical Assistance for Producers and Processors

Posted by Jennifer Porter, Agricultural Marketing Service, Deputy Administrator, Livestock and Poultry Program in Animals
Mar 23, 2023
AMS Livestock and Poultry Program staff explain beef carcass grading to participants at the Fall 2022 event at the West Texas A&M University Cattle & Carcass Training Center

Producers, feeders, and other stakeholders who want a better understanding of factors that contribute to the market value of cattle, and how these factors can inform marketing and production decisions, can join us at three upcoming in-person events at the USDA Cattle and Carcass Training Centers (CCTC). These events will help producers learn how they can improve their return on investments in their herds and are open to the public.

The Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) was instrumental in working with Congress to develop these regional centers established in 2019.

“The USDA Cattle and Carcass Training Centers are an excellent hands-on educational resource. We encourage cattle producers to participate in one of the upcoming trainings, including the event that will be hosted at West Texas A&M University on May 17-18 – located directly in the heart of our three-state cattle feeding region that includes Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico,” said TCFA Chairman Michael Bezner.

In addition to the May training, on March 28-30, Colorado State University will host a session about “Animal Handling and the Effects on Quality and Yield.” On June 15-16, the newly established CCTC at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln will offer a training on topics related to emerging technology in the livestock and meat industries, and CME live cattle and carcass specifications and deliveries.

Participants at each event also will be able to schedule one-on-one consultations with technical assistance providers from USDA’s Meat and Poultry Processing Capacity Technical Assistance Program (MPPTA) to talk about available assistance, including educational resources for all types of meat and poultry processing enterprises.

Space is limited at these in-person sessions and registration is required for each training.

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Category/Topic: Animals