44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy now accepting applications

Applications are now open for the 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy Online Certification Program 2022-2023. Applications for this comprehensive certificate program, through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, are due August 13.

“This world-class program has totally changed the way I think,” says Amanda Faver, New Mexico cattle owner and former IBCA participant. “I consider myself really lucky to have been able to take this program because you see it from a different angle. All the emerging technologies, it’s pretty amazing.”

Overview of the IBCA program
The next academy starts in September 2022 and runs until August 2023. The program consists of seven courses with almost 30 hours of learning per course. Classes are delivered online with pre-recorded lectures. Course topics include:

  • Livestock welfare and behavior
  • Forage production and use
  • Management and nutritional needs
  • Reproductive physiology and management
  • Breeding and genetics
  • Immunology and Herd Health Management
  • Beef quality and safety

In addition to pre-recorded lectures, there are weekly interactive sessions for students and instructors.

“The personalized sessions provide an interactive format to meet the needs of each student, and the sessions are recorded to ensure no one misses a thing,” says Ky Pohler, program coordinator and associate professor at Texas A&M University.

After the online classes, the academy typically concludes with an optional experiential learning period and graduation ceremony in College Station, Texas.

Application and Scholarship Details
Anyone involved in the beef cattle industry is eligible to apply. IBCA’s e-learning format allows anyone from anywhere in the world to participate. Class sizes for the prestigious IBCA are limited to provide an exclusive and personalized learning experience.

Scholarships are available, covering up to 70% of tuition fees. To be considered for a scholarship, complete the IBCA application process and provide the information required for the scholarship application. Scholarships are limited and will be awarded based on the student’s profile and potential contribution to IBCA’s goal: to advance knowledge to improve beef production and quality worldwide.

The scholarships are made possible in part by generous sponsors, including endowments from 44 Farms, Texas Department of Agriculture, Sydney and Buck Thomason (Indian Hills Brangus) and the Santa Gertrudis Breeders Foundation International.

“We look forward to working with a new group of farmers, ranchers and industry leaders from around the world,” said Reinaldo Cooke, program coordinator and professor at Texas A&M University. “Applicants will learn about elevating their business or ranch while the program provides an excellent return on investment.”

Apply here or by email for more information.

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