AgCenter to hold Master Cattleman Classes

The LSU AgCenter will hold NW Louisiana Master Cattleman Classes from Feb. 6 – April 17 on Monday nights, excluding Feb. 13, from 6-9 p.m. at the Valley Farmers Co-Op on Rapides Drive in Natchitoches. Tuition is $125, which includes all classes, materials and evening meals.

The Louisiana Master Cattleman program began in 2004, and it includes 10 three-hour lectures on aspects of beef production. The program is a commodity-specific program to enhance the profitability of beef producers by equipping them with important beef cattle best management practices. It also allows participants further integration into farm management/marketing components related to beef production. Upon completion of the Master Cattleman program, participants should be better able to increase farm profitability while being environmentally sustainable. Registration fees are charged for the class which generally cover teaching materials, meals, certificates, and a metal farm sign.

To become a certified Louisiana Master Cattleman, one must complete 30 hours of instruction which includes the national Beef Quality Assurance Certification. The 30 hours consists of 10 three-hour blocks of instruction on:

•Animal Health
•Breeding & Selection
•Animal Handling
•Beef Quality Assurance
•Pasture Agronomy
•Weed Management
•Economics & Marketing
•End Product
For more information contact Randall Mallet at 318-357-2224 or email