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70th Annual Beef Cattle Short Course

70th Annual University of Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

The 70th Annual University of Florida Beef Cattle Short Course will be held as a scaled down virtual event from May 4 – 6, 2021. This year the event will start on a Tuesday as compared to the traditional Wednesday kickoff. The program will be delivered in the evening from 6 – 8 pm via Zoom.

Each night will consist of two speakers. The program this year will focus on efficiency and its importance to the beef industry. Cattle Fax will kick off the first evening with the traditional market outlook.

“While this year our three sessions will be shorter and in a virtual format, we are still excited to be bringing in nationally renowned speakers on economics, the environment, and efficiency,” said Associate Professor Todd Thrift.

May 4

6:00 pm 2021 Market Outlook, Randy Blach Cattle Fax.
7:00 pm The Environmental Impact of the Beef Cattle Industry. Dr. Frank Mitloehner, UC Davis.

May 5

6:00 pm A Basic Overview of Feed Efficiency, Feed Conversion, and RFI. Dr. Nicholas Dilorenzo, UF IFAS
7:00 pm What Are the Impacts of Selection for RFI on Calf Performance, Carcass Quality, and the Cow Herd? Dr. Gordy Carstens, Texas A&M University.

May 6

6:00 pm Genetics/Genomics of Reproduction. Dr. Milton Thomas, Colorado State University.
7:00 pm Genetics of Cow Efficiency. Dr Larry Kuehn, USDA MARC.

Registration for this event is free and one registration gets you into all three evenings. Please visit the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences website for more information regarding details and registration at

In addition to the multi-evening Short Course, the 2nd Annual UF Brahman Bull Sale will kick off on Tuesday May 4th and end at 6 pm Friday, May 7th. See below for details.

Supporting extension programing is one of the many goals of the UF/IFAS ANS Department. Any questions should be directed to Shelby O. Thomas at 352-392-1916 or For more information about the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, please visit Be sure to follow us on social @UF_ANSCI.