Virginia Cooperative Extension to host the 2019 Low-stress Cattle Handling Clinic in May 

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Farmers, cattlemen, and cattlewomen of Virginia: Are your cattle meeting their full potential? Do you want to maximize cattle gains and profits? Do you want to learn more about why cows do what they do? To receive expert insights on these subjects, plan to attend the 2019 Low-stress Cattle Handling Clinic on May 25 and 26 in Raphine, Virginia, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The two-day program will feature classroom instruction, producer discussions on cattle handling, and live demonstrations of cattle-handling techniques. Producers will learn about using a bud box, weaning cattle, working cattle through a chute, and gathering cattle. Participants will also learn about methods of receiving and settling cattle that can reduce stress during the weaning process. The program is approved for Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) re-certification.

Admission to the educational event is free. The clinic will take place at the Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center, McCormick Farm, at 128 Cyrus McCormick Circle, Raphine, Virginia. Lunch will be available for purchase on-site from Big Steve’s BBQ. For more information or to register, please contact Tonya Schaefer at (540) 280- 1741 or cattleclassroom@gmail.com or John Benner at (540) 245-5750 or benner89@vt.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, contact John Benner at the Augusta County Extension Office five days before the event at (540) 245-5750 (TDD number is 800-828-1120) during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations.

The two-day Extension clinic will help producers learn low-stress methods for handling cattle.