Beef pro­duc­ers week­end work­shop to be held in June

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A beef pro­duc­ers’ short­course series work­shop will be of­fered for re­gional live­stock op­er­a­tors on June 8 and 9, through the South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment and the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion.

The work­shop to be held at the St. Mary’s County Ex­ten­sion Of­fice, lo­cated at 26737 Ra­dio Sta­tion Way in Leonard­town, is a statewide pro­gram, de­vel­oped in co­op­er­a­tion with the Univer­sity of Mary­land’s De­part­ment of An­i­mal Sci­ence, and fo­cuses on ed­u­cat­ing cur­rent pro­duc­ers as well as farm­ers re­search­ing po­ten­tial to raise beef. The June work­shop will be the first time the series has been hosted in South­ern Mary­land and will ad­dress the key ar­eas of mod­ern beef pro­duc­tion, in­clud­ing eco­nom­ics, ge­net­ics, re­pro­duc­tion, herd health, nu­tri­tion, pas­ture man­age­ment, graz­ing and fa­cil­ity de­vel­op­ment.

The short course is a two-day train­ing that is both class­room style and hands-on, start­ing with in­door pre­sen­ta­tions, in­ter­ac­tions, din­ner and net­work­ing on June 8. Re­con­ven­ing the fol­low­ing morn­ing, the fo­cus will shift to de­mon­stra­tions and hands-on train­ing at a nearby farm. Topic ar­eas that will be cov­ered in­clude the eco­nom­ics of pro­duc­tion, deter­min­ing daily op­er­at­ing costs, EPD’s (Ex­pected Progeny Dif­fer­ences), a vet­eri­nary feed di­rec­tive, body con­di­tion scor­ing, for­age sam­pling and stor­age, nu­tri­ent man­age­ment, and pas­ture and pad­dock de­vel­op­ment. Ed­u­ca­tional re­sources in­clude a body con­di­tion score guide, bud­get work books on cow herd sys­tems and pur­chases, an es­trus sync plan­ner, and graz­ing and hay record spread­sheets.

The work­shop is pre­sented by Racheal Slat­tery, the univer­sity’s beef and dairy co­or­di­na­tor. Speak­ers will also in­clude other univer­sity and in­dus­try ex­perts. South­ern Mary­land beef pro­duc­ers who en­rolled in the com­mis­sion’s ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion es­trus syn­chro­niza­tion work­shop, as well as pro­duc­ers in­ter­ested in en­hanced pro­duc­tion and herd ge­net­ics, are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

To reg­is­ter, pro­duc­ers are re­quested to sub­mit a com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tion by June 1. En­roll­ment is lim­ited to 30 par­tic­i­pants. Ap­pli­cants will be no­ti­fied of their sta­tus no later than June 4. A reg­is­tra­tion fee in­cludes all ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als and meals.

To down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form, go on­line to www.smadc.com and click the links for “what’s new” and “news and an­nounce­ments,” or con­tact Racheal Slat­tery by send­ing email to rs­latt@umd.edu or call­ing 301405-1392.

In ad­di­tion, the com­mis­sion re­cently an­nounced that a South­ern Mary­land Re­volv­ing Loan Fund has ex­panded el­i­gi­ble loan uses to in­clude shell­fish aqua­cul­ture.

The com­mis­sion’s ob­jec­tive is sup­port­ing and main­tain­ing a ro­bust farm-raised seafood pro­duc­tion in­dus­try in South­ern Mary­land. El­i­gi­ble loan uses are lim­ited to the pur­chase of oys­ter seed/lar­vae, sub­strate/shell, cages and har­vest­ing equip­ment. Boats and other mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles are in­el­i­gi­ble. The new loan op­por­tu­nity may also of­fer op­tions for ex­ist­ing com­mer­cial watermen, who cur­rently are tidal fish li­cense hold­ers, but not aqua­cul­ture lease-hold­ers, to part­ner or cre­ate a joint ven­ture with es­tab­lished oys­ter aqua­cul­ture busi­nesses.

In ad­di­tion to shell­fish aqua­cul­ture, the South­ern Mary­land Re­volv­ing Loan Fund may be used for the pur­chase of live­stock, the pro­duc­tion of small fruits, and safety up­grades for grow­ing, har­vest­ing, packing and hold­ing food in con­for­mance with Good Agri­cul­tural Prac­tices and the Food Safety Mod­ern­iza­tion Act.

Loan amounts range be­tween $10,000 to $20,000, with no col­lat­eral se­cu­rity pledge re­quired. Only the per­sonal guar­an­tees of all the bor­row­ers will be needed. The loan terms also in­cor­po­rate an in­cen­tive for bor­row­ers in good stand­ing, by for­giv­ing about 20 to 25 per­cent of the loan amount due at the end of the loan term.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go on­line to www.MARBIDCO.org and www. smadc.com.

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