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The Master Cattleman Program, introduced in 2004, 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.

What does it mean to be a Louisiana Master Cattleman?

  • Knowledge of sustainable practices in production, business management, marketing, and herd health
  • Successfully completed the curriculum for the Louisiana Master Cattleman program
  • Demonstrated comprehension as evidenced by passing quizzes associated with each area

What do I get for participating?

  • Information/education
  • Louisiana Master Cattleman curriculum
  • Master Cattleman farm gate sign
  • Beef Quality Assurance certification
  • Master Cattleman certificate

Program Requirements

To be certified as a Master Cattleman, producers must complete a minimum of 30 hours of instruction from the Master Cattleman curriculum. The core curriculum consists of 3 hours from each of these disciplines:

  • Animal Health
  • Nutrition
  • Reproduction
  • Breeding & Selection
  • Animal Handling
  • Beef Quality Assurance
  • Pasture Agronomy
  • Weed Management
  • Economics & Marketing
  • End Product

What does it cost?

The base cost of the program is $150.

Contacts for details in your region of Louisiana

Northwest - Lee Faulk - 318-927-3110
Northeast - Jason Holmes - 318-368-2999
Central - Vince Deshotel - 337-948-0561
Southwest - Bradley Pousson - 337-824-1773 or Randi Toups - 985-446-1316
Southeast - Gary Hay - 985-748-5462

Classes are hosted around the state by local LSU AgCenter extension agents and livestock regional coordinators. Information for each region is listed below, with currently scheduled class information and registration forms for each. All producers are invited to participate, regardless of location. This list will be updated as new classes are scheduled and dates and times confirmed.


Region DatesParish/Area County Agent/ContactContact InfoScheduleRegistration
NorthwestMarch 21 through May 23, 2022
VFW Hall, 1738 San Antonio Avenue, Many, LA 71449Lee Faulk318-927-25782022 Northwest_Master Cattleman_Flyerpdf
2022_Northwest_MasterCattleman_RegFormpdf
NortheastMarch 7 through May 9, 2022Ouachita Parish Extension Office Auditorium
704 Cypress St.
West Monroe, LA
Jason Holmes318-368-99352022_Northeast_MasterCattleman_Schedulepdf
2022_Northeast_MasterCattleman_RegFormpdf
CentralOctober 4 through December 6, 2022
Chauncey Pitre Barn-Multi Use Facility, 1204 Chauncey Pitre Rd., Ville Platte, LA. 70586
Vince Deshotel337-948-05612022_Central Region_Ville Platte_Letterpdf
2022_Central Region_Ville Platte_Registration Formpdf
SouthwestJuly 13 through November 16, 2022
LSU AgCenter Fair Building, 115 Texas St. Raceland, LA.

Randi Toups
(985) 446-13162022 Lafourche Schedule and Registrationpdf
2022 Lafourche Schedule and Registrationpdf
SoutheastSeptember 1 through November 3, 2022West Feliciana Extension Office, 10032 W. Feliciana Pkway., St. Francisville, LA.

Dr. Donna Gentry225-683-3101MCP flyer WFelicianapdf
MCP Registration 2022pdf

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