AMHERST, Mass. — At the the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, we are updating our programs to make sure that our future beef cattle farmers have the knowledge, skills, and training experiences needed to meet region-specific demands and challenges in the beef industry.
The input of practicing New England beef cattle farmers is a critical part of this effort; accordingly, we are seeking the assistance of current beef farmers through participation in a roughly 20-minute on-line survey (or a paper survey, if preferred) by March 3, 2019.
Participation is voluntary, and personally identifiable information is not collected with responses.
We expect survey findings to benefit our region’s beef cattle industry by creating a greater pool of well-prepared young farmers: (1) to serve as apprentices or employees, (2) to expand the infrastructure of the beef industry in New England, and (3) to purchase land, animals, and equipment from farmers considering retirement without family successors.
To participate in this survey, please go to www.vasci.umass.edu and click on “New England Beef Farmer Skills Survey.”
If you would prefer a paper survey, please contact Dr. Katie Beltaire, DVM, DACT in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst at (413) 545-2428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
–University of Massachusetts-Amherst
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