Over the past 17 years of teaching artificial insemination courses, Dallas Schleining has met a number of small breeders or new breeders who want to expand their production knowledge. Over the years, he said customers and students have asked about best practices in animal identification, vaccinations and other fundamental management skills.
From these conversations, the Schleining team designed Beef Production Short Courses, one-day courses, limited to 10 students that offer both lectures and hands-on instruction. The goal, he said, in addition to being affordable and using time efficiently, is to increase the knowledge of new producers, leaving them confident to apply these best practices at home to their herd. .
Topics covered in the series include herd health and vaccinations; basic nutrition and animal feed; routine practices; (implantation, ear-tagging, branding, tattooing, etc.) livestock handling; and reproductive tools and management. Classes may include guest instructors and live demonstrations.
Schleining said students can choose to take all of the courses or a combination of them and he expects the series to be offered in the spring and fall.
“It’s a beginner’s course for people who might have a few heads up or even people who are thinking of getting into the industry,” he said.