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 or John Benner at 540-245-5750 or

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact John Benner at the Augusta County Extension Office five days prior to 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.

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