Celebrating the 61st Annual
Florida Beef Cattle Short Course
Making Dollars and $ense in the Cattle Industry

 May 2-4, 2012

Alto and Patricia Straughn IFAS Extension
Professional Development Center

2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, Florida 32611



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New Venue! New Location!

This year’s Beef Cattle Short Course is going to prove very exciting! We are moving the venue to the newly built Alto and Patricia Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center located on Shealy Drive. This new location will have state of the art equipment and a large conference room. The location is convenient to the University of Florida campus and downtown Gainesville. Hotel rooms have been blocked at various locations in Gainesville to meet your lodging needs! Please see the Hotel Accommodations page on this site.

This year the Allied Trade Show will be held in conjunction with the program on Thursday afternoon at the Horse Teaching Unit from noon to closing. This will offer an enhanced opportunity for interaction between Beef Cattle Short Course participants and our Allied Industry Exhibits.


Welcome to the 61st Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course for the cattle industry! The Beef Cattle Short Course is considered one of the premier beef cattle educational events in the Southeast and Gulf Coast regions with significance nationally and globally. The course addresses issues for beef cattle enterprises at an elevated level of management skill with practical applications for every beef cattle producer, in Florida and beyond. The course focuses on unique challenges facing our beef industry; beef production issues, urban growth, global competition, changing consumer demands, and economic and environmental sustainability. Every year we lead the industry covering subject areas and topics prior to those issues becoming management concerns. Participants get to hear contrasting, alternative, and complimentary ideas about the beef cattle enterprise. The 2012 Florida Beef Cattle Short Course promises to continue the tradition of being the best educational event for beef cattle producers in the Southeast.

Short of paying a professional consultant, there is not a better source of information for beef cattle producers than to attend the Florida Beef Cattle Short Course.

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