Both experts and producers attending the 56th annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station spoke positively about the future of the cattle business.

"We’ve got a lot of optimism in our business with fewer numbers of cattle across the U.S., increasing demand and rainfall," said Jason Cleere, Texas AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist and short course coordinator. "Cattle prices should be good in the coming year."

After a historic drought in 2009 that decimated Texas agriculture, beef cattle producers and experts were optimistic about the opportunities for the beef industry. More than 1,350 people attended the beef short course, the largest beef educational event in the U.S. Attendees came to the Texas A&M campus in College Station from Texas, the U.S. and internationally, Cleere said.

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