Beef cattle producers in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi can learn the latest in beef nutrition thanks to an interactive video short course.

The Fall Nutrition Series, sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Gulf Coast Beef Cattle Educational Alliance, will be offered once a month beginning late this month and will continue through November.

The interactive course is open to any producer interested in learning more about beef nutrition. Sessions will run from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m CDT. The sessions are slated for July 31, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 30 and Nov. 27.

Interactive video allows presenters to reach many geographic locations at once. However, questions can be asked at any time during the presentations, and all other participants will hear the question and the response. Moderators will be present at each location throughout Alabama to answer additional questions.

More than 15 sites across the state will host the program.

The July 31 session will focus on assessing cattleā€™s nutritional needs and available feed. Darrell Rankins, an Extension animal scientist and Auburn University animal science professor, will be joined by animal scientists from Louisiana State and Mississippi State universities.

The program cost is $50 for all five sessions or $15 per individual session.

Contact your county Extension office or your regional Extension animal science agent for more information. You can also visit the Extension Animal Sciences and Forage Team Web site at www.aces.edu/animalforage/2007fallnutritionseries.php.

Producers can register online at this secure site. Payment may be made by credit card or check.