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Students To Learn Cattle Exhibition Skills

30 October 2009

US - The TAMU Fit-to-Finish Show Cattle Camp is scheduled for 12-13 December, at the Pearce Pavilion on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.

“There is no question that the 4-H and FFA members who exhibit cattle in the state of Texas represent some of the most competitive and well respected exhibitors in the nation. The concept of the upcoming camp is to emphasise the grooming and fitting skills needed to maximise a student’s cattle project,” said Paul Maulsby, event coordinator and Texas A&M Beef Center manager.

“The information is targeted towards the first-time exhibitor as well as the experienced," Mr Maulsby said. "The intention is to share the experience that the staff has gained in presenting and showing champions throughout the state and the nation to provide participants with an edge to help them find their place in the winner's circle.”

Topics to be covered in the camp are grooming and fitting practices of the beef cattle project, whether it is breeding heifers or steers, both haired and slick. Additionally, time management for show preparation and showmanship sessions will be available and directed by some of the most talented fitters, exhibitors and judges throughout the state, Mr Maulsby said.

Sessions address such topics as:

  • Clipping and grooming for different cattle types.
  • Show-day fitting through feed, weight management for steers (weigh backs).
  • Evaluation, fitting and grooming, and time management on show day.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own animals but if this is not possible, the Beef Center will have a limited number available for camp activities. Arrival for camp is optional for 11 December with final arrival time 12 December from 8-10 a.m., and sessions start at 10:30 a.m.

Camp will end the evening of 13 December after the simulated show and showmanship contest. Parents and leaders are welcome to attend at the leader and parent fee ($75). Lodging is the responsibility of the participants, Mr Maulsby said.

A block of rooms has been made available at the College Station Ramada Inn on University Drive. Participants will be provided meals throughout the camp, and awards will be given for the showmanship contest. Cost for each student in the camp is $175 with a fee of $75 for each additional parent or leader.

Complete information and scheduling can be obtained by contacting Paul Maulsby at 979-587-2835. Additionally, participants can acquire information online at http://animalscience.tamu.edu/images/pdf/youth/fit-to-finish-show-cattle-camp09.pdf  .

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